The Criminalization of Natural Play

Louv, Richard
May 2005
Natural Life;May/Jun2005, Issue 103, p16
The article focuses on criminalization of natural play to conserve nature. If endangered and threatened species are to coexist with humans, adults and children do need to tread lightly. But poor land-use decisions, which reduce accessible nature in cities, do far more damage to the environment than do children. The cumulative impact of ove rdevelopment, multiplying park rules, well-meaning environmental regulations, building regulations, community covenants and fear of litigation sends a chilling message to the children that their free-range play is unwelcome, that organized sports on manicured playing fields is the only officially sanctioned form of outdoor recreation.


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