Meow! My name is June Buggie and I have something to say.
You humans have a problem, especially your kids, and it’s called Nature Deficit Disorder.
What is Nature Deficit Disorder? It’s a term coined by Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods. Louv shows that humans are tied to nature, and require contact with the natural world in order for children to develop into both physically and emotionally healthy adults. He asserts that children who don’t have sufficient contact with the natural world and who are not able to adapt to our high-tech, indoor world are more likely to suffer from obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8- to 18-year-olds spend more than 53 hours a week using entertainment media (TV, computer, etc.).
Now I know what you’re thinking. What does this have to do with animals, June…
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