Opinion The opinions expressed here are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Sierra Club. Our kids are not all right. It’s been more than six months since schools across America closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sending children home and, in many cases, into isolation from friends and extended family. While I feel fortunate that my children, at ages five and two, are too young to fully comprehend the state of the world, I know they are feeling the weight of not being able to play with their friends, go to the playground, or take out a new book from the library. Our kids may be largely spared from the physical illness and death caused by the novel coronavirus, but the mental health impact of living through a pandemic will likely take its toll. During these challenging times, the CDC recommends getting outside for both the physical and mental benefits. As families increasingly seek the outdoors, now is the time to examine the role outdoor spaces play in the lives of our children and to ask ourselves how to make nature truly accessible to all. While other countries took early, […]


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