The Nature Film

The Nature Film

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The rhythms of modern-day society and technology combined have inadvertently set humanity on a path to becoming an indoor species. Most Americans spend an average of 90% of their lives indoors and children play freely outdoors for an average of four to seven minutes a day.

While it’s shocking to see these numbers, the medical community has been researching the impact of them for decades as our life indoors is exacerbating health conditions like sleep and mood disorders, toxic stress, obesity, diabetes and much more. The news isn’t great, but it’s not the end of the story. It’s the beginning of a story that we believe needs to be explored and widely shared—particularly because young people and people in low-income and BIPOC communities are being hardest hit by the negative impacts of our shift indoors.

Structured, contemporary, unequal access to green space is a direct result of histories of racism, forced labor, enslavement, displacement and discrimination. This systemic exclusion from access to nature has become a “health equity” issue, has perpetuated structural racism in America and has disproportionately negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of these affected communities.

The Nature Film will explore solutions to creating nature access for all through a multifaceted media project that puts sound, imagery, story and science behind a phenomenon deeply felt around the world: that humans and nature are inseparable and that connecting with the outdoors has a profoundly positive effect on human health. Humans evolved symbiotically with nature; we are predisposed to connect with and be our healthiest selves when engaging with the outdoors. This film will show us how.

If you suspect, like we do, that honoring our inextricable tie to the natural world can benefit us in significant ways, please consider making a gift in support of The Redford Center's work to expand access to and stewardship of the outdoors. Click here to make a donation online or email Kate Seifert at kseifert@redfordcenter.org to arrange a contribution.  

Teaser Footage courtesy of:

Vida Verde (vveducation.org)

Peter Jordan (cargocollective.com/localfilms

Erica Sterne, Director of "Brooklyn Alaska" (redfordcenter.org/films/brooklyn-alaska)

Teaser Music: 

"I Wanna Run [Fink Remix]" by Ki:Theory

"Left Unseen" by Epidemic Sound