Canada, The Great Indoors?
What happened? This country used to be made of explorers, voyagers, and adventurers. We need to find the great Canadian outdoors again. This year, we’re demanding it. We need to explore, to voyage, to venture outside. We need to make the time to throw open our doors.
Coleman is calling on the support of all Canadians – Canadian media, Canadian officials and Coleman partners to urge the government to declare July 15th as National Get Outside Day, because who wouldn’t want another day to Get Outside?
Join your fellow Canadians. Sign the petition. Let’s make July 15th a holiday. Let’s G.O.!
Get Outside Day: Make It A National HolidayRead the petition
We, the undersigned, hereby petition the Federal Government of Canada to declare July 15th as Get Outside Day, a national holiday.
As a country defined by its breathtaking landscape, we are on the brink of a national crisis: one that challenges who we are as Canadians. With 63 percent of us spending two hours or less outside per week, we are well on our way to becoming a nation of insiders. As Canadians, no as humans, we need to explore, to voyage, to venture outside. It is no wonder that this migration indoors is having a profound effect on our mental and physical health. Nature deficit disorder is real: Canadians – especially children – are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of problems. Getting outside is the prescription to all of these issues.
Getting outside can:
- Ease depression: group nature walks are linked to enhanced mental health and positivity, as well as significantly lower levels of depression and feelings of stress;
- Improve outlook:people who walk, bike or run in nature have a lower risk of poor mental health than those who work out indoors;
- Improve focus: interacting with nature gives your brain a break from everyday overstimulation, which can have a restorative effect on your attention levels;
- Improve brain function: studies show that artificial environments do not provide the things our brain requires for novelty and excitement;
- Help with relaxation: being in a natural environment or a green space can give us a feeling of relaxation that can combat anxiety and stress;
- Make us happy: studies show that activities in nature make us feel happier than the same activities performed indoors.
We know the will to change is there: 91 per cent of Canadians agree that spending time outdoors is part of a healthy lifestyle and 86 per cent indicated that it is important to spend time outdoors. Coleman Canada believes it is time to bring national attention to this issue and is committed to becoming a catalyst for behavior change.
In fact, this year, Coleman Canada is demanding change. Coleman is calling on the support of all Canadians – Canadian media, Canadian officials and Coleman partners to urge the government to declare July 15th Get Outside Day, a national holiday.
Join your fellow Canadians.Sign the petition and help us spread our message by encouraging your friends and family to do the same.