Facing Nature-Deficit Disorder
Description of the Project:
Our project aims to analyse the loss of contact that younger generations are having with nature, with laborious work on the land, with the origin of food, with games outdoors; that is to say, with their surroundings, in favour of spending more time with new technologies isolated in closed spaces. In a journey through biology, geology, geography, history, arts, English, health education and economy, all the tasks have been shaped to prepare students for independent learning, for developing communicative strategies, improving their English competence, solving problems and taking decisions easily, cooperating well in teams, and dealing with ICT skills.
Nature-Deficit Disorder (NDD), although not a recognized medical condition, is an illness of the current lifestyle, which will become more virulent in the next generations if we don’t react promptly. This term was first used by the American author and journalist Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods (2005). Spending no time surrounded by nature has a major negative impact on children’s cognitive development. If adults spend the whole day under the artificial lights of an office and children’s only source of entertainment is the use of technology, the result is clear: each generation will be more sedentary, which may lead to many associated problems such as obesity, reduced attention span or bad moods and aggressiveness. The restricted use of green spaces does not only affect to urban population, but also to people living in the countryside, including areas like ours where the main sources of income are farming and food and beverage industry. The reason is that young generations all over the world want to follow a modern lifestyle, as it has always been, but today this “fashionable lifestyle” is connected to virtual communication networks rather than to a real, sustainable life.
In order to face a “nature deficit disorder”, students will spend time outdoors. They will put their neighbourhood on the map, preparing their own map and filling it with places they discover and things they love around where they live. Students will develop a business plan for making the area of Santa Comba a bit more attractive and revitalize it as an eco-tourist destination. They will focus on three main elements: the river Xallas, the geological wealth, and the agriculture and livestock sector.
● Explore ways to bring nature back into our lives
● Look closer to our surroundings
● Love where you live
● Love who you live with
● Learn from grandparents
● Face mental disorders caused by a detachment from the environment and, ultimately, by a detachment from the self
● Keep fit
How to react:
1- Let’s spend time outdoors
2- Let’s work the land with our own hands[:]