Connect with nature ; First Person [Grimsby Telegraph (UK)]
(Grimsby Telegraph (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) I'M WRITING this with a pencil on a piece of paper. Somehow writing with a keyboard on a computer isn't quite the same. However, today's pencil and paper is by necessity as the computers and phones in the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust headquarters aren't working.
Last night, as I enjoyed watching the lightning flashes of an electrical storm, little did I know that the storm would have a longer-asting impact. Our headquarter's office now has a strange stillness to it. No phones are ringing; the background hum of computers has been silenced. It appears the storm has blown out the servers. For now we are without the technology that we rely on every day.
When it's gone, even for just a day, you realise just how dependent we have become.
Documentary film maker David Bond worked out how his five-year- old daughter spent her time. She spent 32 per cent in school, 15 per cent watching TV, 15 per cent playing indoors, 12 per cent on the computer, 10 per cent eating, 5 per cent in the car, 4 per centin the bathroom, and only 4 per cent playing outdoors. That's almost as much time looking at a screen, either a computer or TV, as in school. His film, Project Wild Thing, is an ambitious feature length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue; the increasingly fragile connection between children and nature. It is encouraging me to make more of an effort to make sure I keep my ? Comment on this article on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk. Do you have an opinion to share? E-mail a 300-word article, with a paragraph explaining your connection to the subject, to newsdesk@grimsbytelegraph We also need a head and shoulders picture and a daytime contact number.
connection with nature.
Connecting with nature isn't so much about seeing rare species or even visiting nature reserves, though that can be part of it, it's just interacting with the natural world. And the natural world is everywhere, all you need to do is open the door and step outside. Watch the bumblebees and butterflies feeding, smell flowers, eat wild blackberries, walk barefoot through long grass, visit your local park and sit for 10 minutes leaning your back against a big old tree. Experiencing the natural world can be simple and enjoyable, we've just got to make sure in our technology-filled lives we don't forget a daily dose of nature.
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