The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Nature Principle

In The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, the follow-up to his bestselling Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv challenges us to make the best use we can of the restorative powers of nature.

The Nature PrinciplePeppering the text with solid scientific research, colorful and realistic anecdotes, and personal stories, the author demonstrates how the nature principle (reconnecting to the natural world) can improve how we live, work, play, exercise, explore, travel and relax.

Some of the fascinating developments in this regard are health-care facilities offering nature-based therapy, green exercises and animal-assisted therapies; evidence that families and friendships experience deeper bonding through shared times in nature; the phenomenon of more backyard gardens; and the growing trend of urban agriculture.

In the future, Louv sees people relying on both technology and nature (Algonquin Books, 2011).


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