Kate Middleton loves to go out with her children – and now she supports a nature-initiated campaign by children just as British school children start their summer vacation.
“Spending time in nature can play a crucial role in helping children to become happy, healthy adults,” says Kate Middleton in a statement on Tuesday, in which she expresses her support for Backyard Nature, a UK-initiated campaign by a group of children from Liverpool.
“Nature provides an open play area for children to have fun and learn lifelong skills – from balance and coordination to empathy and creativity – with their friends, their parents, their caregivers, or their family members. I hope the Backyard Nature campaign children , inspires families and communities to go out and connect with nature wherever they live. “
Tuesday’s announcement follows Kate’s own initiative to design a garden at Chelsea Flower Show (it has since been moved to Hampton Court Palace), reflecting her belief that children thrive in the outdoors.
She has also supported that love in her own children, Prince George, who turns 6 on July 22, Princess Charlotte 4 and Prince Louis 1.
The Backyard Nature campaign was inspired by the Eco Emeralds – a group of young environmentalists who are motivated by recent documentaries such as Our Planet and media coverage of climate change.
The group’s website asks young people to register online. Users can find their local patch using a map that marks local green spaces, downloads useful guides, and also finds nearby nature conservation events.
They also called on the support of the British supermarket chain Iceland.
“The Eco Emeralds share my conviction that the next generation must make contact with nature and become conservation activists, and their dedication to motivate and enable others to do so is truly inspiring,” said Iceland CEO Richard Walker. “I am convinced that children need to know nature in order to protect it, and this campaign is about supporting them to do exactly that. By encouraging children to spend a million hours in their ‘backyard’, the campaign is committed to truly connecting the next generation to the planet that we all need to save. “