MOC wants to get more people connected to nature on a regular basis for a wide range of benefits. Of course this assumes a lack of connection exists already. This may seem odd in a state like Maine, given the vast expanses of open space and the fact that we are the most rural state in the nation, with 61.3% of the population living outside of an urban setting. How can we not be connected to nature?
Yet even here people of all ages go about their daily routines just barely passing through nature and not spending any time in nature. People pass through nature when they leave their houses to get to the car, and again when leaving the car to get to their school, or to their office, or to a store. They get dropped off as close to the door as possible, or they try to park as close to the door as possible. Its’ almost as if folks were intentionally trying to limit their exposure to something that could cause them harm. The truth however is that they are doing exactly the opposite.
Scientific evidence exists, and the body of this evidence is increasing, that shows just how wrong. This simple fact sheet from the National Wildlife Federation does a great job of setting the stage. We’ll be sure to post more here on our blog soon. Enjoy the read and be sure to get your daily dose of health, by taking a walk outside.
Click on the image below to download the full PDF version of this fact sheet: