House Approves No Child Left Inside Act

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to expand and improve the opportunities for children and adolescents to learn about and experience the natural world. Hands-on outdoor environmental education offers an opportunity to improve academic performance in our schools and provides a solution for reversing the trends of childhood obesity and "nature deficit disorder" that are afflicting a generation.

"Today’s vote signifies a new national commitment to youth and the environment. Right now children are spending their days inside and their evenings and weekends plugged into electronic media," says Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. "They are missing out on the daily childhood joy of playing outside that their parents’ took for granted just twenty years ago."

Research shows that when child…

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