Déficit de naturaleza, enfermedad del tercer milenio | Arturo Soto | TEDxAntofagasta

Déficit de naturaleza, enfermedad del tercer milenio | Arturo Soto | TEDxAntofagasta

Nature Deficit Disorder

  • Excessive technology use leads to "Nature Deficit Disorder," causing mental and physical health issues like social isolation, sensory loss, obesity, and heart problems.
  • Richard Louv coined the term after researching and interviewing experts.

Solution from Antofagasta, Chile

  • A young man from a disadvantaged background transformed his life through bodyboarding and a deep connection with nature.
  • He learned to read and understand natural phenomena like wind patterns, ocean currents, tides, and lunar influences on the ocean.
  • Arturo, a bodyboarder from Antofagasta, Chile, found solace and happiness in the ocean amidst personal struggles.
  • He started a social work project teaching bodyboarding to vulnerable children, using the ocean for personal growth and empowerment.
  • His work gained recognition, leading to an invitation to represent Chile in the world bodyboarding tour.
  • Observing European countries' development, he realized his hometown's natural resource potential.
  • Upon returning, he expanded his project with a larger school and better facilities.
  • His student, Claudio, became his partner, recognizing their work's broader impact.

Collaboration with Universidad Católica

  • They collaborated with the Universidad Católica and Professor Emilio Richi to develop an academic internship program to share their methodology.
  • A pilot project took children out of their comfort zones into nature to learn essential life skills like critical thinking, teamwork, active listening, collaboration, empathy, and leadership.
  • The project's success led to funding from a local company for expansion.

Importance of Connecting with Nature

  • The speaker emphasizes the importance of connecting children with nature to prevent desensitization and foster better human beings.
  • People should recognize their natural resources' wealth and use them for a sustainable and diversified economy.

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