The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

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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 will touch every part of society.

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Overview

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 will touch every part of society.

This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.

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Editorial Reviews

San Diego Union Tribune
“[Louv’s] onto something important here, something lasting, and by the time you turn the final page, you’ll not only understand why you should make or deepen your own connections to nature, you’ll know how… His book is a stirring argument for not waiting a moment longer.” —San Diego Union Tribune
Austin American-Statesman
“Louv's writing style is clear and raises many valid points…Louv's latest isn't much more than age-old wisdom, but it bears repeating in an asphalt-coated world.” – Austin American Statesman
Austin Chronicle
"Louv takes nature-deficit disorder, introduce in his seminal Last Child in the Woods, a step further, to argue that adults need nature, too . . . [This] book may be just what our high-tech, urban culture needs to bring us down to earth." —Publishers Weekly
Chicago Tribune
“[Louv’s] onto something important here, something lasting, and by the time you turn the final page, you’ll not only understand why you should make or deepen your own connections to nature, you’ll know how… His book is a stirring argument for not waiting a moment longer.” —San Diego Union Tribune
Westword
“Louv's writing style is clear and raises many valid points…Louv's latest isn't much more than age-old wisdom, but it bears repeating in an asphalt-coated world.” – Austin American Statesman
Charlotte Observer
“Louv describes the many ways in which reconnecting to the natural world is fundamental to human well-being…I believe [Louv’s] onto something important, and not just for children…So consider this a bit of health care advice: Get outside and dive in - nose first.” – Charlotte Observer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“What would life be like if we were as immersed in nature as we are in electronics? In Richard Louv’s world, we’d be happier and healthier. We’d experience fewer cases of depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder. And we’d build smarter, more sustainable communities.” – Chicago Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] forward-looking book for NDD sufferers of all ages. In The Nature Principle, Louv takes stock of exactly what we’ve lost in leaving the natural world behind and how we might get it back.” –Westword
Cascadia Weekly
“Louv takes his ideas about the healing power of the outside world and adds layers of how-to action to help make his vision a reality…One thing you’ll likely come away with after reading The Nature Principle is that, while time is of the essence where protecting and preserving nature is concerned, it’s not too late to make a difference.” – Cascadia Weekly
Robert Michael Pyle
The Nature Principle is, in essence, a book for grown-ups who crave — and need — nature just as much as kids” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Chairman of The Sierra Club Carl Pope
“Louv takes his ideas about the healing power of the outside world and adds layers of how-to action to help make his vision a reality…One thing you’ll likely come away with after reading The Nature Principle is that, while time is of the essence where protecting and preserving nature is concerned, it’s not too late to make a difference.” – Cascadia Weekly
Richard J. Jackson
“A sound argument for the importance of the natural world… Age-old wisdom, but it bears repeating in an asphalt-coated world.”—Kirkus Reviews
ForeWord reviews
“In The Nature Principle, Rich Louv has given us once again exactly the book we most need, for now and for all time. Our expanding species hasn't a chance to continue living well and happily in a finite world unless we adapt our hungry lives to the rest of nature better than we have. This elegant, original, good-humored, and stunningly thorough work shows us our way home in the world: it is no less than a new Law of Nature, and we had better pay attention.”—Robert Michael Pyle, author of The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland and Mariposa Road
From the Publisher
"Deprive an individual of everything that nurtured them — and you're going to have a mess. Deprive a species of everything that nurtured us — you have 21st century Americans. We grew up in the wild, and when we moved from the African veldt to the European and North American forests, the wild went with us. Now we have set up an elaborate society designed to strip us of the environment that made us — and Richard Louv is speaking out, inspirationally, on why it doesn't have to be this way." — Carl Pope, Chairman, The Sierra Club

“We have created environments that make us sad, fat and unhealthy. Richard Louv has made an insightful diagnosis and offers powerful treatment with the medicine we all need, Vitamin N.” — Richard J. Jackson, MD, Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of PublicHealth

“Louv's proposal is for a "renaturing of everyday life," and his lively discussion of how to accomplish this is likely to inspire many readers. His is not a doomsday prognosis but rather an inspired prescription for health, happiness, and a world in which humans and nature are in alignment… His last book spurred a movement to get kids outside because to do otherwise "threatens our health, our spirit, our economy and our future stewardship of the environment." Based on the timeliness and breadth of Luov’s research, it seems likely that The Nature Principal will build on that momentum and change more than a few lives for the better.”—ForeWord Reviews

“There is a great urgency to this work . . . This book makes utter sense and Louv is gentle with his simple agenda: more green in schools, more access to nature in communities, the importance of giving people the tools and the health they need to create a better world.”
Los Angeles Times

The Nature Principle tackles the ambitious task of mapping our way to a more connected future . . . Page after page we learn that in working to heal the world through restoration, we end up healing ourselves.”
Orion magazine

The Nature Principle manages to both teach and delight. Think of it as a refreshing hike for the mind and soul.” —Oprah.com

“Louv’s vital, inclusive, and inspiriting call to better our lives by celebrating and protecting the living world marks the way to profound personal and cultural transformation.” —Booklist, starred review

“This book provides a way back to where we belong, a world full of reverence, joy, and discovery.”
—David Suzuki, author of The Sacred Balance

“Louv’s vision is not a rejection of technology or a back-to-the-land trend like the one that came out of the environmental movement 40 years ago. Instead, he wants to tap nature to boost our mental acuity, creativity and health. At its heart, the movement seeks to replace the apocalyptic vision that modern society has created….[ Louv] outlines this new nature movement, and its potential to improve the lives of all people no matter where they live, in his latest book, “The Nature Principle.’” — McClatchy Newspapers

Booklist
“An exploration of the many happy repercussions of getting in touch with the environment.” – Austin Chronicle

“Louv describes the many ways in which reconnecting to the natural world is fundamental to human well-being…I believe [Louv’s] onto something important, and not just for children…So consider this a bit of health care advice: Get outside and dive in - nose first.” – Charlotte Observer

“Louv’s vital, inclusive, and inspiriting call to better our lives by celebrating and protecting the living world marks the way to profound personal and cultural transformation.”—Booklist, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616201418
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 98,947
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of seven books about the connections between family, nature, and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, has been translated into nine languages and published in thirteen countries. Louv is the chairman and cofounder of the Children and Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org) and was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society, in 2008. Find him online at www.richardlouv.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Nature-Deficit Disorder for Adults 1

Part 1 Nature Neurons: Intelligence, Creativity, and the Hybrid Mind

1 Singing for Bears 9

2 The Hybrid Mind 21

Part 2 Vitamin N: Tapping the Power of the Natural World for Our Physical, Emotional, and Family Fitness

3 The Garden 43

4 Fountains of Life 46

5 Re-naturing the Psyche 56

6 The Deep Green High 70

7 The Nature Prescription 78

Part 3 Near Is the New Far: Knowing Who You Are by Knowing Where You Are

8 Searching for Your One True Place 91

9 The Incredible Experience of Being Where You Are 100

10 Welcome to the Neighborhood 110

11 The Purposeful Place 120

12 The Bonding 140

Part 4 Creating Everyday Eden: High-Tech/High-Nature Design Where We Live, Work, and Play

13 The Nature Principle at Home 157

14 Stop, Look Up, and Listen 174

15 Nature Neurons Go to Work 182

16 Living in a Restorative City 197

17 Little Suburb on the Prairie 220

Part 5 The High-Performance Human: Making a Living, a Life, and a Future

18 Vitamin N for the Soul 241

19 All Rivers Run to the Future 249

20 The Right to a Walk in the Woods 265

21 Where Mountains Once Were and Rivers Will Be 270

Epilogue 287

Suggested Reading 289

Notes 293

Index 305

Toward a New Nature Movement 319

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Monday morning is never quite as good if the weekend was spent indoors!

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite

    Vitamin N! That would be nature and her attributes to our health, mind, body and soul. Richard Louv shares the wealth of knowledge gained in extensive research, his own lifestyle of loving nature and the tragic loss of his own father whose demise happened shortly after changing to a lifestyle of "inside living".

    The author shares practical advice, fun stories, and research based facts and is very convincing that every person needs nature in their life.

    The direct result of "fresh air" is a clear mind, more oxygen to the brain, and being exposed to elements in the air that are not found inside. Our bodies reap the benefits of walking through the flora and fauna (versus on a treadmill) where the footing changes and various muscle groups get to be used.

    It is said by different scientific studies that humans have up to 30 senses! Nature, in all her beauty, sounds, smells, etc., allows for a plethora of experiences -- no two are alike.

    There is so much to say about this wonderful book but the bottom line is that nature has a lot to offer and those who do not find time to enjoy miss out.

    Having been raised in the country, on a small farm, I identify with the author's message. I, too, must spend time outdoors whether it be fishing, clamming, crabbing, skiing, hiking, mushroom hunting (and so on). Monday morning is never quite as good if the weekend was spent indoors!

    As an audio book, I absolutely enjoyed every CD. I listened on my way to and from work, when I had to run errands and during every opportunity I had. It was nice to imagine the scenes, contemplate the information, say "wow" at the research of scientists and smile at the realization that I am living right with a life full of Vitamin N!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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