Voters Agree: Getting Kids Outdoors Has Bipartisan Support
Even in these partisan times, voters agree that getting kids outdoors and protecting our land and water is something we can all get behind. Just before the July 4th holiday, The Nature Conservancy shared the results of their nationwide poll, which found from “Tea Party Republicans to liberal Democrats, more than four-in-five American voters say that conserving our country's natural resources—our land, air and water—is patriotic.”
What might surprise those of us who have been working for years to reconnect kids with the outdoors is that this poll also found that voters are starting to take notice of the growing divide between children and nature. According to the poll, 82% of voters think that “kids not spending enough time outdoors and in nature” is a somewhat serious problem; 50% of those polled think it is an extremely serious problem.
So, we are all in agreement. We need to do more to connect kids with nature, whether it’s a trip to one of our iconic national parks or a pocket park down the street, the American public understands - we’ve got to get them outdoors.