Increasing urban lifestyle is essentially coined as the reason for children been far out of sync with nature. This has risked their normal lifestyle into one being that of an unhealthy lifestyle in regards to agile play and eating habits. To top it all many children suffer from psychological ailments like stress and depression. 16 percent of pre-schoolers in Hong Kong and up to 22% in China display signs of mental disorders.
Present research portrays that disbursing time with nature may alleviate mental health and many environmental programs globally are attempting to subside ‘nature-deficit’ and ‘child-nature disconnectedness’ so that Children’s health is enhanced. To cite an example, the WHO, has placed a 300 meter target in relation to observe execution of the Parma Declaration allegiance to offer every child passage to green spaces to play and undertake physical activity. Intriguingly 90 per cent of the Hong Kong populace resides within 400 metres of such areas. But notwithstanding the sizeable adjoining greenness, families are devoid of these areas.
Dr. Tanja Sobko from the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Hong Kong said that they observed likelihood where parents are steering clear from nature. They look at it as filthy and perilous, and these attributes are transferred to their children. Also the green areas are commonly undesirable with signs like “Keep off the grass.” Up till now it’s not been feasible to evaluate connectedness to nature in preschool children as they cannot speak for themselves.
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