The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder
For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthy's The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that wi...more
This book is a pragmatic exploration of how we can interact better with nature in the 21st century - something many of us are craving to find time for. There is no shortage of information here, Louv starts with an examination of all the positive health (physical and mental) benefits that may arise from increasing our exposure to nature, and then moves into all the practical ways we can int ...more
Great quote that sums up my view on the book:
"Sooner or later, a school of higher education--perhaps a school that teaches teachers--is going to realize the potential and create an entire program devoted to connecting people to nature. Enter this program, learn about the benefits of h ...more
People are paying a high price for losing contact with nature. And, by the term "natur ...more
In my day to day life, I experience nature. I am fortunate to live in a small western town surrounded by mountains and high desert. The Nature Principle reinterated the quality of life I have. He talks about how the more you have technology in your life the more you need nature. He talks about the health benefits of nature, nature that is as near as our yards, creating nature to enjoy, and about the future of our collective nature. I found it t ...more
Nature deficiency disorder is becoming pandemic throughout the world, and is one problem we should all strive to overcome through increased immersion into nature, and the rediscovery of our natural selves.
Louv fills each chapter with positive examples of individuals and communi ...more
This is NOT a book for those just wanting to read entertaining stories about nature. This is really geared towards those wanted all the science journals condensed into one book.
I will refer to this book many times in my life - I know it. I will probably read ...more
Sometimes I felt anxious while reading it, as though I needed to get the family outside right now! I liked the references to Vitamin N and there is a real hopefulness to the writing. He notes it near the end of the book that there is a lot of fear and negativity when some conversations turn to how to build the future with nature. This bo ...more
I have had my own experience with healing PTSD through nature and perhaps I am looking for validation for that. Perhaps I needed more human connection and to ...more
If you need a guide with ideas to for im ...more