Monday, April 19, 2010

PSA: The Great TV Rebellion of 2010

{The following information was provided by the Biomimicry Institute.}

The Great TV Rebellion of 2010 starts today and runs through April 25th. The message is strong: television OFF, nature ON.

The goal of The Great TV Rebellion of 2010 is for 5,000 kids, parents, and teachers to turn off their TVs and electronic devices and spend time exploring the natural world around them.

To help, The Biomimicry Institute has created a FREE, downloadable workbook filled with fun outdoor activities that parents can do with kids as well as a nature journal that kids can use to record the fun sights, sounds, and smells they discover outside.

Cell phones, video games, television, and computers are becoming more widespread and more mobile, making it easier for children to use these technologies nearly everywhere, rather than physically playing, exploring, and learning in the outdoors without electronic devices. The Great TV Rebellion of 2010 is intended to positively encourage children and adults to spend quality time outside while fostering a connection to nature that will draw people back to the outdoors for the rest of their lives.

The Biomimicry Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. Their mission is to nurture and grow a global community of people who are learning from, emulating, and conserving life’s genius to create a healthier, more sustainable planet.

So, what do you think? Could you go a week without TV?


Robbie said...

We're currently going through it - mostly because it was the only way to get my daughter's attention about her behaviour! I'm quickly learning that it takes a lot more (personal) energy and creativity to keep the kids unplugged! (And we didn't watch that much to begin with!)

Kellie said...

I know what you mean. Thank goodness we've finally had some warm weather here in Colorado so we can get outside and play. Our TV has been on way too much this winter - whether we're watching it, or it's just on as background noise.

panamamama said...

Okay, I had the best of intentions about this week but then the stomach virus hit my house. We don't do TV but do movies (too many.) So, a movie on Netflix happened. ARGH. Maybe we will be the rebel-rebels and do it next week instead.