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We must stop relying on technology, Titchmarsh says

People must stop relying on technology and get closer to nature or there is "little hope" for the future, television presenter and author Alan Titchmarsh has said.

The former Ground Force and Gardeners’ World presenter said that the advance of technology such as mobile phones is threatening people’s ability to play an “active part in growing and nurturing things”.

He urged Britons to “get out there” and “get stuck in” with nature.

Mr Titchmarsh said: “We are now part of a fast-paced culture that has become increasingly reliant on technology – in pressing a button or two to achieve our aims. But if that means we lose the ability to involve ourselves in a hands-on way with nature, to understand how she works and to play an active part in growing and nurturing things, there is little hope for the future.”

He said that “whingeing on” about global warming and climate change is not enough.

Ironically, his comments came as he prepares to carry out his first Facebook question and answer session for B&Q, the DIY retailer for whom Mr Titchmarsh is a “celebrity ambassador”.

He said: “We need to get out there - each one of us - and get stuck in; only then can we experience the joy of working first-hand with nature and be confident in passing on our skills to generations that follow. If all we can hand on is another button to press to save time, or a speedier arrival at a destination courtesy of even faster transport, the time will come when we will wonder why we bothered arriving there at all.”

Source : James Hall – The Telegraph

14 March 2012
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