The past decade has seen a dramatic change in human behaviour. As I child, many of us can remember spending hours outdoors. Those of us lucky enough to live on a farm or somewhere with land to explore can recount our expeditions through shady groves and dipping our toes in clear streams, coming home to our mothers’ mortification seeing how muddy we’d made our nice clean clothes. We knew then what was healthy – exploring the world around us.
Look at children today. When they’re not stuck indoors on video games or on their iphones, they’re stuck indoors doing homework. Even as teenagers, we’ve experienced the same thing – if we aren’t glued to Facebook, Twitter or the television, we’re tapping away in front of a word document doing assignments or stressing about our deadlines.
Recent research has shown the necessary truth. Nature, going outdoors, taking in fresh air – they’re all good for us. They relieve stress, depression, give you exercise and keep you healthy. Our social development, when relying on social media, on the web, on the television, is being stunted.
Unfortunately, there’s little in the way of websites to engender a desire in people to reconnect with nature, especially when it’s on their doorstep. It’s common to see blogs and websites advertising exotic travel abroad, but we’re looking so far ahead now that we’ve missed what’s on the threshold. Unless we look specifically for what we have, we’re unlikely to chance upon it.
Wild Lincoln is a way for us to see what kind of nature, be it wild or domesticated, we have. We want to do so without reliance on expensive travel or any professional expertise. We want to enjoy and protect what’s just outside the door, and help others to realise and enjoy what exists here in Lincoln. From the river and canal walks to the opportunity to own and raise a pet, there is so much to do that can help you rekindle your love for the outdoors and for animals that many of us lost when we grew older, and hopefully, when many of us are parents, that will help create a new generation of people grateful to appreciate and preserve the little things they have.
Featured Image: Winking fox. Sheryl, Flickr: Link