I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
Kids and nature go together. If left to their own devices, children will always find the natural spaces in their realm, and through their imagination and play they will form a bond with the earth that is strong.
These days, however, kids have a more difficult time getting out in nature. Our lifestyles are extremely busy, with parents and children both working hard. During the down-time, computers, video games, and television have a powerful attraction, and parents are understandably reluctant to let their children out unsupervised into an increasingly scary world. As a result, kids spend less and less time in intimate contact with nature.
This is a very real and significant problem, both for the individual children and for the earth as a whole. We are learning that difficulties at home and school—attention, learning, and behavior problems—can be significantly improved with quality time in nature. We also hear more and more about issues such as global climate change, pollution, overpopulation, habitat destruction, and other things that threaten the very life of our planet. Our children are the best hope we have that this planet can recover and sustain a diverse and healthy spectrum of life--including human life--into the future.
Taproot seeks to strengthen children’s innate bond with nature by giving kids a foundation in the soil, air, and water, the plants and animals, and the biological processes that give our planet beauty and life. We want to let children sink a deep and strong taproot into the soil of our planet, a root which will support and nourish these young people throughout their lives. In turn, we believe these children will grow into adults who love and respect their fellow human beings, and who will actively care for the Earth that sustains us.