EARTHCHAT: Our children are the future stewards of the Earth

8&9 Oct:

Ruth's guests Alison Hill and Genna Vlittas discuss the importance of nature connection for our young people as they face an uncertain future.

Healthy Humans Need Healthy Habitats to Survive and Thrive.”

Children need nature for the healthy development of their senses, and therefore, for learning and creativity.

The challenges of 2020 have only further highlighted how critical being in nature is for our health and wellbeing.

We humans are spending less time in nature than ever before in history, with more time indoors, sedentary, and on screens. Time in nature is a strong predictor of wanting to protect it, so in losing our connection to nature we risk losing our desire to care for it.

When the science alone is not enough evidence, how can we inspire a critical mass of Australians to become passionate nature protectors?

The recent BACK TO NATURE ABC TV series was conceived as a response to this question, understanding that we protect what we love. The Melbourne based People and Parks Foundation are partners/backers of the Back to Nature ABC TV series.

Alison Hill is the managing director of the People and Parks Foundation. She is a passionate advocate for connecting people to nature for both health and wellbeing, and environmental outcomes. For more information about Alison: