What is Nature-Deficit Disorder?

by Linda Coors on March 14, 2014

Thirteen-year-old Miranda Anderson gave an inspirational TEDxKids talk describing nature-deficit disorder and why we should all be concerned about it and what we can do to make a difference. Here are some highlights from her talk:

  1. Many people have never heard of nature-deficit disorder, but they are probably suffering from it.
  2. There is a great separation between humans and nature. Less than 10% of children have played in a natural place while 40% of their parents did.
  3. Nature amplifies time and inspires creativity through the full use of the senses.
  4. The more high tech we become, the more nature we need.
  5. Her favorite quote from Richard Louv is “Passion does not arrive on a videotape or a CD. Passion is personal. Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart.”
  6. Endangered species: child in nature
  7. Adults are suffering from this disorder as much as children are.
  8. Nature-deficit disorder can be reversed by real-life experiences.
  9. You only care about what you know about.
  10. Start with something small today. Learn about your yard, your neighborhood or your community.

Watch the full talk below:

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Kelly Dowell February 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Interesting stuff. Crazy to think that you can be suffering from something that is SO simple to fix!!

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