Itâ€™s time for a National Conference on Children, Nature and the Law, organized by the legal profession with a little help from insurance companies, educators, health care folks, policy-makers, C&NN and others. This conference is a fiction, so far. But somebody needs to step to the plate.
Those of us who care about the future of our children and the human relationship with the natural world should applaud First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for a ” Let’s Move” campaign to reverse the trend toward child obesity. We particularly like her statement that when she was young, ” we spent hours running around outside, we couldn’t go inside until dinner.”
In the past, the national conversation about child obesity has seldom mentioned getting outside in nature as part of the solution. We’re hoping that changes, and as the ” Let’s Move” campaign evolves, it will give far greater attention to children’s independent play, particularly in natural surroundings.