The sun's still got maybe 2.3 billion habitable years, scientists have recently stated. It helps to put our climate troubles in a bigger perspective.
While climate woes are real and we need to respond to them, there are other reasons to rethink how we now are in the world. As human beings, we deeply need the soothing sights and sounds of the natural world, and to keep battling the nature deficit disorder so many city kids suffer from. Nature conservation also needs a makeover to help it keep pace with the environmental changes the earth is experiencing.
Why? It seems our brain has a 'directed' mode, which we use extensively while working, say, in front of a computer screen. 'Involuntary' attention, on the other hand, takes over when we're peering out at a beautiful view, for example.
As you might have guessed, too much directed mode can make us fatigued, and nature's swaying branches and rippling ponds help us switch back to involuntary mode, giving the brain's directed mode time to rest.
If the scientists are correct, nature will probably be around for quite some time. But it seems like the smartest thing we could do for ourselves is to take just a bit more responsibility for protecting whatever piece of it is closest to us.
Read more on TreeHugger and Planet Green about nature conservation
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::Raising Environmentally Conscious Kids
::Outdoor Industry Pledges to Take Kids Back to Nature
::Do You need Nature Therapy?
::Top 25 Environmental Threats of the Future
::How Better Conservation Measures Can Help Reduce Poverty
::Conflict's Unexpected Link to Conservation
::Earthwatch Sends Volunteers on Conservation Missions
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