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We asked five young people what they thought the barriers to nature were for their generation, and what we could do about it. Listen to their thoughts here...

 

The art of getting children outdoors

By Jen & Sim Benson
awildyear.co.uk

What do you think would be the most important, and effective, change that could be made to ensure that future generations grow up to love wildlife?

We've asked teachers, well-known faces, experts, authors, children and parents to answer this question. Read what they've said here...

Melissa Harrison
(Author)
Eco-literacy in schools

Mark Sears
(The Wild Network)
Everyday Wildness

Emma Websdale
(The Wildlife Trusts)
Reach those in need

Nick Baker
(TV Presenter)
Forest Schools

Sorrel Lyall
(Young Birder)
Normalise Nature

Stephen Moss
(Producer & Author)
Slow down traffic

Kate Blincoe
(Author)
Green Parenting

Zach Haynes
(Young Blogger)
Schools, Access & Media
 

Matt Doogue
(Father)
Compulsory Education

Connel Bradwell
(Conservationist)
Nature in schools

Tim Golland
(Vine House Farm)
Share Experiences

Jess Longstaff
(Warks Wildlife Trust)
Switch Off

Brendan Camm
(Learning Mentor)
Forest Schools

Kirsten Carter
(Yorks Wildlife Trust)
Keep the wonder

 

Georgia Locock
(Young Campaigner)
Make it normal

Steph Hilborne
(CEO The Wildlife Trusts)

Ginny Battson
(Photographer)
Ecoliteracy

Fiona Barker
(Audiologist)
Psychology of change

Richard Shilling
(Sculptor)
Land Art for Kids

Iain Green
(Outdoor Educator)
No Dress Code, please!

Abi Elphinstone
(Children's Author)
Magical World

Marina Robb
(Circle of Life Rediscovery)
A new framework

Fiona Sutherland
(London Play)
Access & Quality

Mike Watson
(Teacher)
Bring back the nature table

Jen & Sim Benson
(Wild family)
A Wild Year

Zion Lights
(Author)
Rewild Parents

 

Mya-Rose Craig
(Young birder)
Focus on teens

Natasha Ascott
(Muddy Puddles)
Mud is good

Sarah Walls
(Mother)
WildsPlay

 


If you'd like to join the debate, write a blog for your own site and share it with us using #EveryChildWild

Television Presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff introduces the series with her inspiring blog on why children should be connected with nature.

 

"The wellbeing of people and planet go hand in hand. Contact with nature reduces stress; even seeing natures changes our brain waves and within a couple of minutes our blood pressure drops and muscles relax. But a bit of rain puts people off venturing out.
If they only took a step outside, they’d learn to love the rain...and the mud!"

 

Share your ideas and inspiration using #EveryChildWild...