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Children and Nature Notes

- Summer is a wonderful time for children of all ages to spend more time outside. Hiking, camping, swimming, playing in the park are popular activities. With that in mind, the non-profit ecoAmerica conducted an online survey. The June 2017 American Climate Perspectives Survey found that "over nine in 10 Americans agree that we should talk about the future we want - with thriving, healthy nature - when talking to children about nature.Well over half of adults "strongly agree."

Two-thirds of Americans strongly agree spending time in nature is important for children's physical and mental health. A growing majority believe we have a "moral responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy climate for our children." By "shifting our vision and communications" adults will be helping children to be "optimistic about the future, more excited about spending time in nature, and more willing and inspired to protect nature for future generations."

- A bill making its way through Congress wants to provide 4th graders with free entry to all national parks. The Every Kid Outdoors Act aims to get kids outdoors and learn about their experiences while engaging in a bit of exercise. It also encourages more public and private partnerships between federal lands, schools, private and non-profit organizations.

- Update on Juliana v. U.S. (kids' climate lawsuit): One of the world's most famous climate scientists has just calculated the financial burden that tomorrow's young citizens will face to keep the globe at a habitable temperature and contain climate change - a $535 trillion bill. James Hansen of Columbia University Earth Institute led the study, Young People's Burden. It is entered as testimony in the lawsuit.

According to Hansen and his colleagues, if the world's nations can co-operate to bring down the global temperature rise of no more than 1-degree C later this century, then most of the hard work to remoe the carbon dioxide surplus from the air would be left to the world's great forests.

- A last note on nature that seems to bring us full-circle. From the New York Times best-selling author, Richard Louv, comes his newest book,Vitamin N (for "nature" of course). It's a complete prescription for connecting to the power and joy of the natural world. To find out more, you can connect with Louv through his Children & Nature Network Blog or Facebook.

"The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need." - Richard Louv