The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

by Richard Louv
The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age

by Richard Louv



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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616201500
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle, and Vitamin N. Translated into twenty languages, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, families, and communities to nature. He is cofounder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement. Louv has written for the New York Times, Outside magazine, Orion Magazine, Parents, and many other publications. He appears regularly on national radio and TV, and lectures throughout the world. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, President Jimmy Carter, and Sir David Attenborough.

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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"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, Chariman, The Sierra Club

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

"A refreshingly personal and eloquent case for building nature-smart communities." --David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society

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