Naturally Wired: Getting Outside in the Digital Age

What does it take to get people off their phones and into the outdoors? Research has shown the deleterious effects of electronics on weight, sleep, and cognitive development in children, who in 2018 spend four hours or more each day glued to screens. Other barriers like income and proximity to nature make access to the outdoors extremely challenging for some families. Meanwhile, doctors have started prescribing hikes over medications, and terms like “forest schools” and “unstructured playtime” are new buzzwords. So how do we encourage outdoor curiosity and conservation in a generation raised on screen time? Guests: Phil Ginsburg, General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Rebecca Johnson, Co-Director, Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences Nooshin Razani, Pediatrician and Founder/Director of the Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

by Climate One