The Nature Principle by Richard Louv
Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

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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.

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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 ( and was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society, in 2008. Find him online at
Published April 24, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 352 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Readers needn’t be poets to understand that nature inspires more than five senses, but many would probably benefit from this exploration of nature’s significance in our lives and what role it will play in the future.

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Louv’s optimism forecasts a hopeful version of the future: “We can, in fact, build a new nature movement, a people-and -nature movement…As it grows, health care professionals will prescribe green exercises, and other nature experiences.

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Here are just a few of the many mind-stretching ideas, trends, theories, and developments covered in the book: • A scientist has coined the term "solastalgia" to refer to the pain we experience when we withdraw from a natural place we love and cherish.

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Back in 2005, former Parents magazine staffer Richard Louv published “Last Child in the Woods,” arguing that American kids don't get enough time in capital-N Nature – or, at least, outdoors.

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