The Nature Conservancy of Canada is encouraging people to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
This push to experience the great outdoors comes as a result of a survey that they commissioned that outlined some statistics that alarmed them.
In a release issued Sunday, the Nature Conservatory of Canada said that more people are experiencing the great indoors instead of the great outdoors, according to their new survey.
"The survey called "Nature and Me," reveals a growing disconnect between Canadians and nature," said the written statement. "Canadians feel happier, healthier and more productive when they are connected to nature. Yet, 74% say that it is simply easier to spend time indoors and 66% say they spend less time in nature today than in their youth."
According to the survey which was conducted with 2000 people, excuses for not going outdoors range from the weather to being too busy, to not enjoying encounters with bugs.
Some of the statistics collected from the survey were that more than 80% of people worry about accessible natural areas will not be there for future generations to enjoy, and 88% of people said that nature reduces stress.
The release also stated that nature was a connecting force in the Canadian identity.
"Our connection with nature is so imbalanced, we’re becoming complacent about the need to care for it. Nature — the very thing that sustains our quality of life and that we hold as core to the Canadian identity — is at risk. Our disconnection from nature is leaving us completely unaware of this reality."
The survey was released as part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Landmark campaign, being the most significant charitable campaign of its kind in Canadian history.
The campaign will double the amount of land and water the Nature Conservancy of Canada currently protects, adding up to over six million acres.