The average American kid spends 53 hours per week watching a screen of some kind—and almost no time outdoors. What are the physical, emotional and intellectual costs of this childhood retreat from the outdoors? And since frequent unstructured play in nature has been found to be the most common influence on lifelong conservation values, what does this mean for the environment? Kenneth Finch, director of the Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood, addresses these questions with a compelling combination of data, anecdotes—and a healthy dose of Calvin and Hobbs cartoons.
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