A Blog by Nature

What's nature got to do with it?

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments ()

Why give children a well-rounded education?

One of the more celebrated books on the subject of children and their relationship with nature is “Last Child in the Woods” written by Richard Louv. In his book, Louv refers to an educator named John Rick who is “dismayed that nature has disappeared from the classroom, except for discussions of environmental catastrophe.” Rick states “we have industrialized the classroom to the extent that there is no room for nature in the curriculum.” And he goes on to say “ a well-rounded education would mean learning the basics (reaching and writing), to become part of a society that cherished nature, while at the same time contributing to the well-being of mankind.

Monet without nature

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments ()

Just imagine, no water lilies for Monet

Article and image from The Nature Conservancy: Nature in Art

Can you imagine walking through an art museum and not seeing any trees? No mountains or streams, sunrises or sunsets? No birds or horses? No boats on rough waves or relaxing landscapes?

It’s impossible, because nature is everywhere in art – from the literal to the abstract inspiration provided by the textures, colors and sounds of the natural world.

Being outdoors can lift our spirits and stoke our creativity. The beauty of nature reflected in art is just another reminder of our need to protect it.

From the beginning of human history, nature has played a vital role in our creative expression. The lands and waters we rely on for daily survival shape how we view and interpret the world around us. And in turn, the art we create from nature’s inspiration becomes part of our personal and cultural identity. Nature’s beauty and power is ingrained in our lives, our history and our culture. By conserving nature, we are helping nurture our artistic spirit and ensuring that future generations will continue to find inspiration in the natural world around us.

Kids and asthma

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments ()

Connecting the dots between asthma, children and plastic

Excerpt and image from: theguardian.com September 18, 2014 Chemicals in some household plastics lined to child asthma risk

“New research from Columbia University finds children exposed to a substance found in common household plastics are 70% more likely to develop asthma between the agens of 5 and 12.” Findings from Columbia University researcher Robin Whyatt and her team at the Mailman School of Public Health have published findings “linking the children’s respiratory and neurological issues to various environmental toxins, including exposure to phthalates – chemical binders found in many household cleaners, personal care products and food packaging – as well as insecticides and pesticide residues.”

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