Of course neighbourhood life is affected by the climate. Round here, kids play out in summer, hardly at all in winter, not least because it gets dark so early.
Yesterday I was running some sessions on participation, in a school class of 11-12 year-olds. At one point they were developing some debating propositions, including the following:
'Students should have to walk to school if they live less than fifteen minutes away.'
When it came to it, there was a lot of support for the motion. But I was struck when one of the young people came up to me afterwards and said he sort of supported it, but what if it was raining?