“The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” Richard Louv
Get out there!
The compelling reasons kids need nature were explained factually and forcefully by Richard Louv in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. In fact, that book inspired major new efforts to reconnect kids with nature including Children & Nature Network, National Wildlife Federation’s Green Hour, and No Child Left Inside.
Now Louv reaches out to the rest of us in his newest book, The Nature Principle. Through groundbreaking research and compelling stories, Louv demonstrates why we need to balance our use of technology with the restorative powers of nature. Seven overlapping principles show that humanity can truly thrive when in partnership with nature.
“The more high-tech our lives become, the more nature we need to achieve natural balance.
The mind/body/nature connection, also called vitamin N (for nature) will enhance physical and mental health.
Utilizing both technology and nature experience will increase our intelligence, creative thinking, and productivity, giving birth to the hybrid mind.
Human/nature social capital will enrich and redefine community to include all living things.
In the new purposeful place, natural history will be as important as human history to regional and personal identity.
Through biophilic design, our homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and towns will not only conserve watts, but also produce human energy.
In relationship with nature, the high-performance human will conserve and create natural habitat—and new economic potential—where we live, learn, work, and play.”
Truly, nature isn’t somewhere else and Louv’s books are a must read. Take them outside with you to enjoy while your kids play.
Laura Grace Weldon is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives on a small farm with her family where they raise bees, cows, chickens, and the occasional ruckus. Laura writes about learning, sustainability, and peace for print and online publications. Connect with her at www.lauragraceweldon.com
About Laura Grace Weldon
Laura Grace Weldon is a writer, editor, conflict resolution educator, and marginally useful farm wench. She is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm. Check out life on the farm at http://bitofearthfarm.wordpress.com/ and keep up with Laura’s relentless optimism at http://lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/