Introduction

Recognizing that all children have a right to play and connect with nature, CPN is a global voice supporting the value and benefits of urban parks and greenspaces to children’s health and well being.

 

Why Children, Play and Nature?

Whether by necessity or choice, more children around the world are living in urban areas. For the first time in human history we are now a more urban than rural society, with 55% of the global population now living in cities and growing rapidly.  

In just a few generations, access to play opportunities and nature-rich experiences for children have decreased significantly.  This global deficit of play and nature has negative impacts for children’s healthy development. There is a growing body of research that highlights the many benefits of play and nature experiences on children’s physical, mental, social, cognitive, and emotional health. 

A child’s access to urban parks and greenspace can foster:

  • Improved physical health (Increased physical activity, reduced risk of obesity, increased vitamin D levels, reduce nearsightedness, improve cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory fitness)
  • Social-emotional well being (reduced stress, anger and aggression, improved relationship skills, ability to better cope with stress)
  • Improved Cognitive abilities (learning in natural environments can boost performance in reading, writing, math, science and social studies, enhance creativity and problem solving, improve focus and attention, increase enthusiasm and level of engagement, improves behaviour and reduces ADD symptoms).

 

 Children, Play and Nature Standing Committee

Role

 

Name

Email

Organisation

Country

Region

Co-Chair Amanda O'Rourke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Advisor, 8-80 Cities, Toronto

Canada Americas
Co-Chair Helena Bjarnegård This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. City Head Landscape Architect, Parks and Landscape Administration, City of Gothenburg Sweden Europe
Executive Officer Anya Gregory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Urban Anthropologist, Toronto Canada Americas

 

 

Committee Minutes:  

June 28, 2017

March 15th, 2017