The term “nature-deficit disorder” was coined by author Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in the Woods” to describe what happens to young people who become disconnected from their natural world. Louv links this lack of nature to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
Young TEDx speaker Miranda Andersen talks about reversing or preventing Nature Deficit Disorder in the video linked below.
13 years old, and a middle school student, Miranda has been making films with environmental themes and underlays since she was nine.
In conjunction with public speaking, she does what she can to convey and broadcast her messages on saving the very planet we all live on. Some of her films and speaking topics have included saving salmon habitats, saving the ocean’s corals, reducing the use of plastics, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, deforestation, electronic waste reduction/recycling and nature deficit disorder. As a result, she is the recipient of many local and international awards for her films.
Miranda’s passions revolve around saving the planet, with extra focus on the ocean waters and ensuring that others are educated on how they too, can help; a self-proclaimed educator, Miranda does not limit herself in her arts. She is also a competitive swimmer with aspirations to one day compete for Canada in the Summer Olympics.
She has for the past four years volunteering at a local fish hatchery in the community and hopes to…