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Here are some of the statements that jumped out at me from George Monbiot’s article ‘Housebroken‘.

The remarkable collapse of children’s engagement with nature – which is even faster than the collapse of the natural world.

In one generation the proportion of children regularly playing in wild places in the UK has fallen from over half to fewer than one in ten.

Playing among trees and grass is associated with a marked reduction in indications of ADHD, while playing indoors or on tarmac appears to increase them.

Contact with nature stimulates creativity. A review of the biographies of 300 ‘geniuses’ exposed a common theme: intense experiences of the natural world in the middle age of childhood (between 5 and 12).

Forcing children to study so much, rather than running wild in the woods and fields, may be counter-productive.

You can read George Monbiot’s fully referenced article here.

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