“Walden” is a memoir and philosophical work by Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), first published in 1854. The book describes the two years and two months Thoreau spent in a cabin near Walden Pond, Massachusetts. The book is an exploration of the natural world and the human condition, and reflects Thoreau’s belief in a simple life and closeness to nature. Thoreau’s writing also includes criticisms of the industrialization of society and the consumerism of his time. The book is considered a classic of American literature and is often studied for its themes of simplicity, self-reliance, and the connection between nature and the human spirit. An excellent book that I would definitely recommend to anyone to read.

I think that in the 21st century, due to the fast pace of life, man has unfortunately moved away from nature. Just 30 years ago, children spent their days playing outside their homes and apartments, but today they spend far too much time behind four walls in the company of computers and various smart devices. During the two years of living in a cabin, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, Thoreau got to know life in pristine nature. Most likely, a similar experience would be invaluable to any of us. I am convinced that with the help of our School21 project, we will bring nature closer to humans at least a little bit again, and it is certainly the best to start with it at school itself.

Špela Rakovec, Gimnazija Franceta Prešerna