Explore Wild October
New research from Nat Geo WILD has revealed that over half of Yorkshire residents would prefer to ignore the outdoors and stay indoors on the internet.
In addition to this, given the choice, 17% would choose an indoor activity such as online shopping, scrolling/ socialising through social media, or cooking at home, rather than engaging with local outdoor environments. This, despite more than half (57%) admitting they lived just a five minute walk from their local park or green space.
The research was commissioned by Nat Geo WILD to celebrate the launch of 'Wild October', a month long celebration that starts 1st October. It's aim is to excite people's passion for animals and the world we share with them, taking viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild.
Although we're aware of the mental and physical benefits we experience from getting outside, with 58% feeling healthier, happier (43%) and also more alive (38%), we decide not to reconnect with nature, due to simply not considering heading outside (16%) and lack of companionship (10%) holding us back.
Liz Bonnin, Wildlife TV Presenter and spokesperson for Nat Geo WILD said:
"Sadly, a lot of people increasingly experience a lack of connection with the natural world, especially when they live in urban environments. Nat Geo WILD wants to inspire city dwellers to get back to nature, and that can only be a good thing."
Although we are a nation that prefers to keep a local park at arm's length, we're not opposed to bringing the outdoors indoors. With a spike in terrarium popularity, it is clear we're looking to surround ourselves with more greenery, as nearly two thirds (64%) own a houseplant and more than half (54%) confessed to chatting to our green friends.
Nat Geo WILD will be kicking off 'Wild October' on 1st October, with Paradise Islands hitting screens at 6pm; a stunning new series that explores the many islands that lie between Asia and Australia. These wildlife hotspots are some of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, boasting stunning landscapes and a fascinating array of creatures.
Explore Wild October, 29th September 2017, 22:05 PM