Just to clarify that I am not the one who doesn't like the outdoors (I suspect it is none of us!), I'll add my connection with the outdoors both past and present!
I wrote this little blurb for Nature Canada’s Women and Nature and it sums up my passion for the natural world and my source of hope: Growing up in British Columbia, I was constantly in a state of nature, getting lost in or running away to a ravine behind my grandparent’s house, fishing with my father, holidays on the ocean, wading into lakes or forests to find First Nation’s graves, scrambling up rocks, climbing mountains, skiing, sailing and even experiencing human shaped nature, gardening with my parents on the edge of the sea. The natural world provided beauty, recreation, solace and inspiration as well as the necessities of life. The diversity of life, the birds and beasts in the forests, on the ocean, and even in the vacant lots and railroad cuts of Vancouver were a source of joy, awe, wonder, and humility. Nature was truly my playground and my school where I learned self confidence and self sufficiency as well as the arts of survival and happiness. I learned very early that nature heals all ills and is a never ending source of peace, creativity, curiosity and education. At University I studied the natural world in zoology, botany, literature and art. In graduate school I learned about the increasing threats to biodiversity and what that means to humans. So I learned sadness and loss as well as hope and a calling to educate young people and adults about the lessons, precious nature and vulnerability of the natural world. I wandered the world to understand its nature. Work in Africa and the Arctic reinforced the truth of how dependent humanity is on the natural world physically as well as culturally. Yet I was there also faced with the tragedy of increasing destruction of the natural world even as it becomes more and more precious and scarce. I have dedicated my personal and professional life and career to teaching, research and conservation of the natural world, biodiversity and the richness of the human relationship with nature. I am here today because I hope that, while the youth of today will never experience the natural world as I did, growing up in BC, they can still develop a new and healthy relationship with nature in Canada and the world and will find the joy it has given me my entire life, and satisfaction in the struggle to preserve it.