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I can see their reasoning. Being born and living all my life in a major city, you never actually go out into the national parks or any sort of woods. It's also generational thing, since my parents never done it too. There's a weird distrust against forests, etc.
One good way to fix this would be to have school kids going out to a national park once a year, probably in the summer before school ends. You also pick up a few handy skills. Lacking those skills, and not even knowing what to wear is a massive issue for people who never venture out to these places.
Would also be handy to try and encourage (force) under 15 year olds to join boys/girls scouts, etc. My school was good enough that they took us to a national park once, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I went out of my way to learn a few things, and I have been hiking once a year now. I never knew I liked fishing and hiking until I tried it.
These sort of things should really be encouraged. I believe that being more connected to our environment has a positive impact on our well-being, and makes us better, well-rounded people.
Failing all that, I would be okay with conscription being a thing again.