Brooke Steiger

Albuquerque, New Mexico

“I want to reimagine the Nature of Play as an essential component to our global future. The important role of play in healthy development is not a new or radical idea…the physical, mental and social benefits of playful behavior among higher-functioning animals, including humans, has been widely researched and documented…Having time to play and access to nature are privileges not afforded to everyone, however. Now, more than ever, during this time of upheaval and transition, our country and the larger world has the urgent obligation and opportunity to dismantle oppressive, unjust systems and rebuild them with a more equitable, sustainable framework that will lead to better outcomes. Play and recreation, especially in public green spaces, should be valued as a basic and universal human right.”