May 31, 6:41 am ET
MANILA (AFP) – Young people’s fascination with television, the Internet, video games and other electronic entertainment is making it more difficult to protect the world’s biodiversity, a UN official warned Tuesday.
Because many young people are urbanised and alienated from nature, they may not realise the value of protecting natural ecosystems and species, said Ahmed Djoghlaf, the United Nations executive secretary on biological diversity.
“Our children are behind their computers, their SMS, their videogames, watching TV. They are living in a virtual world and we need to re-connect them with nature,” Djoghlaf told a Southeast Asian biodiversity forum in Manila.
“They don’t see how a potato is grown. They just see potatoes at a shelf in the supermarket.”