Earth Matters

Connecting with the Forest

If my last post on making time for nature wasn’t enough inspiration for you to get outdoors, then I offer you this photo that I recently came across which speaks to connecting with nature. “There is no wi-fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.” Have you ever felt it? I know I have. That moment when you forget about everything else that might be going on in your life and let every worry slip away and just let your senses be overwhelmed by the forest.  The sound of the trees swaying in the breeze and the birds chirping. The smell of pine and earth that fills that crisp clean air. The many vibrant shades of green that somehow just can’t be matched by the colours we typically see indoors. I can’t explain why it feels so satisfying, perhaps it’s because you feel like you are part of the forest.

But don’t take my word for it. Try it yourself. As the weather gets nicer go for a walk through the park at lunch or take the family on a hiking/camping trip.

I also recommend watching the award winning documentary “Play Again” which follows six teenagers as they experience their first wilderness adventure. A powerful reminder of the effects of connecting with nature and what it can mean to a average teenager who likely spends 15 hours a day behind screens. Hear first hand from these teens as they share their moving and humorous stories of no electricity, no cellphone coverage, no virtual reality – just nature.

What exactly are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature? This film explores that exact question along with how it will impact our children, our society, and our planet.

Find out more about the movie at the Play Again website:
http://playagainfilm.com/

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Laura Berndt

Laura Berndt (Hough) is the Manager of Energy & Sustainability in Plant Operations at Sunnybrook.