Bond’s feature-length documentary, also called Project Wild Thing, takes an amusing and revealing look at the complex issue of the increasingly distant connection between children and nature.
British children, Bond argues, have never been more disconnected from the natural world. The size of area around their homes that children will play in has shrunk by 90% in 30 years, he says, and the time that children spend playing outside is down by 50% in just one generation. ‘At the same time study after study shows time spent outside in nature increases happiness, health and wellbeing in children (and adults too!),’ he said.
There are many reasons why kids are spending less time outside today, notes the Project Wild Thing website, http://www.projectwildthing.com. ‘Busy roads stuffed with cars, lack of green spaces on our doorsteps, Health and safety on steroids, the widespread commercialisation of play and entertainment for starters. In recent years the rapid spread of screen technology is also keeping our kids (and us) a little, er distracted.’