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July 22nd 2016

Hello SCI friends and welcome to your weekly dose of climate and inspiration from the environment to you.

We thought it important to look at childrens role in sustaining our environment and our future. By balancing computer time with the magic of nature...also workcamps are listed if you are interested in getting your hands in the richness of the earths soil. What exactly is a nature-deficit disorder?...plus the animal testing products we are buying that impact our environment plus lots more exciting articles to read and share...Don't forget to share and explore the wonder and magic the earth still has for us. Explore our workcamps to really have an adventure and meet amazing people...You can also see our website sci.ngo packed with lots more exciting info! Dive in and enjoy!

Save the tropical forests, now!
The last child in the woods: Overcoming a nature deficit disorder
Animal testing and the environment
Connecting children and nature
Could it be end game for the African penguin

Save the tropical forests, now!

The idea that we use valuable ecological resources when wood looks beautiful in the house or office has taken far too long to sink in. With the experience of the Swedish paper industry, we accept that trees can simply be regrown We don’t realise that, as always, species are very different. All we "consumers"are doing is subscribing to the greed of multinational s and entrepreneurs who want market forces to keep rare timber prices high. But the real power is in the consumer, as with Chinese animal parts such as ivory, or salesmen who sell guns to under-age people. Read more here

The last child in the woods: Overcoming a nature-deficit disorder

It doesn't seem to matter what someone's politics or religion is, they want to tell me about the treehouse they had as a kid, if they are old enough—for the younger people that is less likely to be true. This is the only issue I've seen that brings people together, because nobody wants to be in the last generation where it's considered normal for kids to go outdoors."I don't think this is something that can be reduced to individual symptoms in individual children. I've always felt it was a more generalized issue, a disorder of society that has implications for all of us."Read more here

Animal testing and the environment

Every year our air, water, soil and farm pr oducts become increasingly toxic, poisoned by millions of tons of deadly chemicals, most of them tested on animals. Animal testing is the unscientific methodology used by the chem ical/pharmaceutical industry to assess toxic compounds before putting them out on the market. The inconclusive, erroneous nature of animal testing cr eates a smoke screen – an alibi which permits the continued manufacture of thousands of toxic and hazardous chemicals. Animal testing conveys a false illusion of safety but all it ensures is a continued demand for “newer” and “improved” products. The tragic result is that these seemin gly “safety tested” poisons are the very ones which pollute our air, food and water and are devastating our planet.Read more here

Connecting children and nature

Today, the amount of time kids spend outside is alarmingly low--only minutes per day--while screen time is at an all time high (upwards of seven hours). How is the National Wildlife Federation and others tackling this? We have resources and tools that help parents incorporate regular outdoor time into their children's days. Through our special events, volunteer opportunities and practical resources, tips and tools, NWF is helping parents turn their inside kids out! Nature is the great healer. It reconnects humans to their physical bodies once again were compassion and an intuitive intelligence dwells. This is why a massage feels so good or a walk in nature. We release that which has been unconsciously stored in the body. While our bodies are senders and receivers of information so to is nature. Children are the future, the custodians of the earth alongside animals. The current trend of a mechanistic society disregarding nature is not what we would like to see for the earth. See more of why nature is just as important to children as computers.

Could it be end game for the African penguin?

Once, millions of African penguins populated the continent's coastlines. There is only one penguin species in this part of the world. But will it remain? Numbers of the African penguin are down to a mere 20,000 breeding pairs in the wild. Marine pollution and the destruction of breeding areas have dramatically affected them. Overfishing is making their food sources dwindle. But an alliance of environmental nongovernmental organizations and a South African conservation authority are trying to secure the iconic bird's survival.Read more here


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