Richard Louv: 7 Reasons for a New Nature Movement

Much as we sometimes try to deny it, we are part of the earth and the natural world. We've built up enough concrete and steel and torn down enough rock and plant matter to help us believe the illusion that it's otherwise, and that false belief has allowed us to continue to live in a way that does great harm to people, animals, and the earth.

Several years ago Richard Louv gained prominence with his book, Last Child in the Woods, and his coining of the phrase "nature-deficit disorder" as a way to frame our disconnection from the natural world that is a part of us. Recently I came across a lovely essay adapted from his new book, The Nature Principle, which offers 7 reasons for a new nature movement:
  1. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.
  2. As of 2008, more than half the world's population now lives in towns and cities.
  3. Adults have nature-deficit disorder, too.
  4. Environmentalism needs to hit reset.
  5. Sustainability alone is not sustainable.
  6. Conservation is not enough.
  7. We have a choice.
As Louv says,
"If we see only an apocalyptic future, that’s what we’ll get, or close to it. But imagine a society in which our lives become as immersed in nature as they are in technology, every day, where we live, work, learn and play. Imagine a future in which our intelligence and creativity, our ability to feel and be fully alive is enhanced by more frequent contact with the natural world.

"... precisely because of the environmental challenges we face, the future will belong to the nature-smart — those individuals, families, businesses and political and social leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world, and who balance the virtual with the real. That’s a picture worth painting, a future worth creating."
Read the complete essay.

We whole-heartedly agree with Richard Louv about the importance of reconnecting with nature, and tapping into our reverence and respect. We have several free downloadable activities that promote a sense of wonder for the natural world. You can find some of them here.

~ Marsha

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