With a recent study showing that fewer than ten per cent of children play in wild places; down from 50 per cent a generation ago, the Green Party calls for anyone committed to the health of their children to vote Green on May 3rd.
Keith M Ross, Green Party Candidate for Uplands said, “Children are more at risk from falling out of bed than they are in nature. There are very clear dangers of not getting outside enough: increasing childhood obesity and depression among children and young people are just two examples. The Green Party recognises the link between healthy children and a healthy environment and has a manifesto filled with pledges to improve both.”
The roaming radius for kids has declined by 90 per cent in one generation. The reasons for this include increased road traffic, a decline in wild spaces and a breakdown in community life making parents fearful of ‘strangers’.
Green Party election commitments include making our streets safer, cutting our carbon emissions and giving everyone access to nature.
Keith Ross continued, “Candidate Sites for the Draft Local Development Plan (LDP) included a significant number of sites where it was proposed to develop current green space for housing. The Green Party has objected to every one of these sites, as we need to ensure protection of green spaces for future generations.
“In recent weeks Swansea Council has put notices around Brynmill Recreation Ground advising that ‘The public have permission to enter this land on foot for the purpose of recreation but permission may be withdrawn at any time’. We believe this to be a precursor to future development on the site and an attempt to thwart the wishes of local people to have this area designated as a Village Green.”
1. Three times as many children are taken to hospital each year after falling out of bed, as from falling out of trees.
2. A 2008 study showed that half of all kids had been stopped from climbing trees, 20 per cent had been banned from playing conkers or games of tag.
3. In ‘Last Child in the Woods’, published in 2005, Richard Louv coined the phrase ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ which “describes the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.”
4. As children grow older, their ‘electronic addictions’ increase. Britain’s 11–15-year-olds spend about half their waking lives in front of a screen: 7.5 hours a day, an increase of 40% in a decade.