Learning from Trees: Life Lessons for Future Generations [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Kirrilie Smout

Presenter: Henry Acosta

Guest Bio: Kirrilie Smout is a clinical psychologist who has worked with children, young people and their families and teachers for 20 years.  She has counselled hundreds of young people and is the founder and director of Developing Minds, a child/adolescent psychology clinic where 15 other child/adolescent psychologists see over 200 children and families each week.  Kirrilie also has presented seminars to over 50 thousand school students, teachers and parents across Australia, is the author of three books for kids, teens and their parents (When Life Sucks, When Life Sucks for Kids & The Years that Count) and is frequently consulted by national TV/print and radio media outlets. She is also the founder of Calm Kid Central, an online training and support centre for children (and their parents/professionals who work with them) who struggle with worry, frustration or challenging behaviour.

Segment overview: Children become more disconnected with nature in such a way we’ve never seen before. Gadgets, technology, and busy schedule of parents contribute to this disconnect. In line with the celebration of the National Tree Day this July 30, Planet Ark is releasing “Learning from Trees: Life Lessons for Future Generations,” a report that examines how prepared our next generation is to tackle major global challenges, such as climate change. Kirrilie Smout, Director and Founder of Developing Minds, talks about how to reconnect kids with nature and what are the skills children needed to learn to be ready to tackle global challenges.


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