group of friendsConnecting with God, others and the planet

‘The human person grows more, matures more and is sanctified more to the extent that he or she enters into relationships, going out from themselves to live in communion with God, with others and with all creatures.’ Pope Francis in his Encyclical “Laudato Si”

  1. A fascinating study by the National Trust into the modern dilemma of disconnection of children from the natural world is “Natural Childhood” (2012). The author of the report, Simon Moss, says: ‘”Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes and Consequences” focuses on the lives of Britain’s children, particularly with regard to their lack of engagement with nature. It presents statistics, and the results of numerous surveys and studies, to confirm the dramatic and worrying consequences of the current situation.’
  2. The seminal work on the subject of 1. above is ‘Last Child in the woods‘ by Ricahrd Louv who coined the expression ‘nature deficit disorder’. He says: ‘For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality. Increasingly, nature is something to watch, to consume,to wear – to ignore.’ And his conclusion: ‘If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered species: the child in nature.