Why the Outdoors is Important to Me

I love my generation. But sometimes, we get a bad rep.

Some people call millennials like us, ungrateful, lazy, and stagnant.

However, as a whole, that’s just not the case. There’s a lot more to us than what meets the eye.

I see individuality,                       I hear expression,                       and I feel passion,

and no matter how you feel about us, one thing is for certain, we’re here to stay, and we are the world leaders of tomorrow.

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What really concerns me, is what we are doing to our planet. To put it bluntly: we are destroying it. And I’m not just talking about my cohort, but all of us, especially those of us who live in developed countries who are mass consumers and trash producers.

Climate change is real, mass pollution is real, and lack of serious action is real.

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According to the World Health Organization, seven million deaths occurred in 2012 caused by air pollution, including both household and ambient air pollution, (1).  The American Association for the Advancement of Science says, “The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society,” (2). And NASA has provided evidence for a variety of present issues associated with human-induced global warming, such as: sea level rising, shrinking ice sheets, extreme weather events, ocean acidification, and more (3). Unless we take action now, it will only get exponentially worse.

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So why has it come to this? We know climate change is happening, and global warming is real, why can’t we just fix it? Well, complicated problems tend to have complicated answers…

Without getting into the politics, I think that there is one base conclusion that stands in the way of environmental issues worldwide: our environment is just not a priority in our society like it should be.

Ouch, right? Well, let me clarify. Many of us LOVE the environment and would do anything to keep it safe, but when I refer to “we” think about society as a whole, and to help get my point across, let’s take it back a notch…

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Our primitive ancestors actually lived in the environment. They lived off the land; built shelter from raw materials from the Earth; hunted, foraged, and grew food naturally from our environment. As one with Earth, the health of their environment determined the health of themselves and their families.

Today, we don’t have to go outside for anything really. Most of us in developed countries live in temperature controlled homes, have cars we can sit in to take us to-and-from where we need to go, grocery stores with packaged foods, plumbing, electricity, we have it all right? No, because of all of the pollution and carbon waste that comes with the fruit of today’s technology, has been dumped into our environment, and we are losing our Earth’s health. Everything comes with a cost, and we’re biting the hand that feeds us. I feel we have forgotten the importance of taking care of our “Mother Earth,” because we have become adapted to the technological comforts of modern society, that we are blinded to the reality of consequence. However, it’s not a lost cause, we just need to take off those blindfolds and put our environment as a priority in our lives again.

This is why the outdoors and IMG_1913connecting people to the outdoors is important to me. As a nature enthusiast, outdoor ambassador, and conservation supporter, I feel it is my duty to help protect the environment we have left so that our children and our children’s children may still grow up and be able to live on a beautiful, natural and healthy planet. I want to show others, especially my generation and younger, the big beautiful world there is outside! 

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So, as a mass communication graduate, in order to connect people to the outdoors, I must disconnect from being outside all of the time, and reach out to my community where they are these days: the internet, in order to reconnect my community to nature! That’s why I started this blog. It’s a place to encourage and promote the great outdoors while still relating to the wants and needs that us millennials have these days.

It’s also important to impact the little one’s too and instill a love for nature in them while they’re still young, so it’s not something they fear we they get older and they will want to take care of it. That’s why I have been volunteering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife, to make a lasting impact in children that the great outdoors is a big, beautiful, and fun place to be!

So let’s make our environment a priority people! :)

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I encourage you to check out some of my articles, and also the social media platforms associated with this blog, because a lot of my outdoor outreach takes place on social media (Instagram’s my favorite).

So what does this have to do with millennials? I have a challenge for you… There are a lot of perks to being a millennial right now, the social world is just exploding with thoughts, ideas, and communication, which is great! So share with us and the rest of the world…

Why is the outdoors is important to you?

How do you connect people to the outdoors?

Sources –

1. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/

2. http://www.aaas.org/sites/default/files/migrate/uploads/aaas_climate_statement.pdf

3. http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/


 

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Cheers,

Chanell

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