Nature Deficit Disorder
Some years ago, writer Richard Louv coined a concept many had grasped, but none had been able to name. Nature Deficit Disorder might be the most common emotional and physical problem for urban areas. A " Microwave, car and tv" generation has taken over the lives of children and adults who feel more related to spending time inside. Different specialists have identified a relation between attention deficit, obesity and other behavioral problems to Nature Deficit Disorder. Nonetheless, I feel a more profound and dangerous effect at a society level. Both adults and children lack a sense of connection with nature around them and acting accordingly lacking any responsible behavior towards the environment.
Fortunately, many of us have been lucky enough to enjoy nature from our childhood and have developed the sensibility and skills to appreciate mountains, valleys and beaches for their inherent beauty. For many years, even unconsciously, I´ve had the opportunity to share my ability to wonder with children and most of the time I´ve been filled with hope discovering a spark of curiosity even in the most "urbanised" of kids.
The solution is to take some time outdoors. Take a brake and make some time to walk pointlessly, to smell and listen without purpose and to keep alive the awe of a system much bigger than anything humans could ever build.