Even though we derive many physical and psychological benefits from being outside in nature, our modern lifestyles have created a disconnect from the natural environment where we spend significantly more time indoors.
In fact some researchers estimate that we now spend up to 90% of our lives indoors.
For the vast majority of human history, the outside was always part of the inside, and at no moment during our day were we ever really separated from nature.
Our modern day disconnection from nature is having a negative impact on us because we're missing out on the beneficial effects of spending time outside.
Not only that but we're less connected to nature and feel less responsibility to protect it...
Researchers believe that if we feel a part of nature and are more connected to it, we will feel a responsibility to care for nature and protect it.
Scientist Stephen Jay Gould said:
"We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well - for we will not fight to save what we do not love."
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Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.