You may be thinking that you can’t do much as an individual to make a difference when it comes to protecting the environment and fighting climate change. Well, we invite you to think a little differently for a moment. What if the solution to the problem isn't actually to solve the problem? What if the solution actually lies in emboldening, motivating, and inspiring the future leaders, policy makers, and citizens of the planet to understand and care about the problem? That's not to say that we pass the dilemma off to our kids and say, 'good luck!' but if we aren't encouraging kids to be curious about, experience, and appreciate the natural world, the solutions to the problem will stop with adults. As a parent or an adult, you have the ability to create a ripple effect and it starts with your kids. It starts with leading by example through your own actions and priorities but also making sure your kids understand and care too.
The advancement of technology has completely transformed our society in a relatively short period of time. Can you remember the last time you went a full day without looking at a screen of some sort (as I type out this article while staring at my computer screen)? It is now a significant part of our lives. Yes, technological advancements have helped improve and simplify communication, advance healthcare and generally make things easier in our day-to-day lives. However, there are also some important statistics to be aware of which make a great case for Screen-Free Week. While the goal is not to vilify technology, it's important to be aware of some of the consequences of too much screen time and consider taking the pledge to intentionally pause from it.
Do you take your natural environment for granted? At times, I know I do. I’m grateful to live in Colorado where beautiful, easily accessible outdoor recreation areas abound. It’s a privilege to have grown up here and experienced the outdoors starting at a young age. However, it’s easy to think that these outdoor spaces will be around to enjoy forever. With climate change and other challenges our planet is facing—the reality is—that’s not for certain.
Topics: Outdoor Advocacy