On Earth Day, I always like to reflect on the opportunities I’ve had in the outdoors. If you’re like me (and since you’re reading the Maine Outdoor Coalition blog, I’m guessing you are) you probably have a favorite memory or place in nature that inspires you, too! Is it your childhood backyard? Your favorite mountain peak? That river or lake where you caught your first fish? A tree you used to climb? Wherever that special place is, I hope you stop and think about it today!
Earth Day is also an important time to look towards the future, which is why this blog by Richard Louv on the Children & Nature Network site really struck me today. Louv’s message to think “Forward to Nature!” is really important. Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the blog – the key elements to the “new nature movement”, according to Richard Louv:
• You want to reconnect with real life in a virtual age.
• You hunger for authenticity; you believe in nature’s power to create a deeper sense of personal and regional identity.
• You want to reignite all of your senses.
• You’re done with despair; you want to create a newer world.
Most importantly, the new nature movement isn’t about going back to nature, but forward to nature.
Click here to read Richard Louv’s full blog: http://blog.childrenandnature.org/2014/04/22/youre-part-of-the-new-nature-movement-if/