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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565125819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565125810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this sanguine, wide-ranging study of how humans can thrive through the "renaturing of everyday life," Louv takes nature deficit disorder, introduced in his seminal Last Child in the Woods, a step further, to argue that adults need nature, too. "A reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health," he writes, asking, "What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in electronics?" Louv's "Nature Principle" consists of seven precepts, including balancing technology excess with time in nature; a mind/body/nature connection, which Louv calls "vitamin N," that enhances physical and mental health; expanding our sense of community to include all living things; and purposefully developing a spiritual, psychological, physical attachment to a region and its natural history. The book presents examples of these precepts, from studies of how exposure to a common soil bacteria increases production of serotonin in the brain to designing shopping malls inspired by termite mounds. Although lightweight for longtime nature lovers, the book may be just what our high-tech, urban culture needs to bring us down to earth. (May)
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“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


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


“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
(Booklist)

"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
(Austin Chronicle)

“[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
(Chicago Tribune)

“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
(Westword)

“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
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

“[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
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

“Parents, Richard Louv doesn't hesitate to tell you that your kids should spend more time outdoors, in nature. And that you should, too.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Kirkus Reviews)

The Nature Principle is, in essence, a book for grown-ups who crave -- and need -- nature just as much as kids” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
(Robert Michael Pyle)

“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
(Carl Pope, Chairman of The Sierra Club)

“A sound argument for the importance of the natural world… Age-old wisdom, but it bears
repeating in an asphalt-coated world.”—Kirkus Reviews
(Richard J. Jackson)

“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
(ForeWord reviews)

"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

 


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Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His newest book is The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), which offers a new vision of the future, in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. This future, available to all of us right now, offers better psychological, physical and spiritual health for people of every age.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature. Louv is also the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network at www.childrenandnature.org, an organization helping build the movement to connect today's children and future generations to the natural world. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder™ which has become the defining phrase of this important issue.

In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University's highest honor, for "sustained achievement in public service" and has been a Clemson visiting professor. Among other awards, Louv is the recipient of the 2008 San Diego Zoological Society Conservation Medal, the 2008 George B. Rabb Conservation Medal from the Chicago Zoological Society, and the 2009 International Making Cities Livable Jane Jacobs Award. He also serves as Honorary Co-chairman, with artist Robert Bateman, of Canada's national Children and Nature Alliance.

Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC's Today Show and Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC's Good Morning America, and NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation. Between 1984 and 2007 he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and has been a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine. Louv was an advisor to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program. He serves on the board of directors of ecoAmerica and is a member of the Citistates Group. He has appeared before the Domestic Policy Council in the White House as well as at major governmental and professional conferences, nationally and internationally, most recently as keynote speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference.

He is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and the father of two young men, Jason, 29 and Matthew, 23. He would rather fish than write.

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I love this book, it is very inspiring.
H. Minnis
It reminds me why I love nature, and why we all need to be better conservationists.
mtnman
He does it in readable/scientific/storytelling way.
AJ Turner

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Elliott Wright on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Now having read an advanced copy of Louv's new book The Nature Principle, I am moved by his case for bringing nature into our urban centers. Louv is correct that adults need nature too...we need it to weave our affinity for nature together with our day-to-day surroundings. This book is the best overall summary of many different works, and does exceptionally well at revealing the growing body of research around the influence of nature on human health. His findings suggest that a lack of `nature nearby' may be associated with an epidemic of obesity and diabetes, asthma, behavior disorders, depression and a diminished sense of place and community. However, as Louv conveys in his book, he is optimistic the trend can be reversed if we bring nature back into our backyards, neighborhoods, and schools. This book is not simply to be read in passing, but incorporated into our daily experience of life.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jasper L. Mcchesney on February 23, 2013
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I had never read Louv before; only read of him. And I always seemed to agree with his diagnoses of modern people, especially children: too little nature, too little unstructured time. I bought this book with the hope of it addressing that problem in a social, or at least personal way: what are we going to do about all this? And the introduction was promising.

Sadly, only a few sections resemble that introduction: the chapters dealing with Louv's family and personal experiences are well written and have some real force behind them. But they're only short intermissions between pages and pages of enumeration. The bulk of this book is a catalog of recent scientific experiments, most of which "hint" or "suggest" that nature is good for us in one way or another. The formula is for Louv to tell us about a scientist or institution, describe them, then describe their experiment, then meekly repeat its tentative results. Now science is supposed to be tentative, but I kept thinking (even as someone who fully believes nature is important), "That's it? That's your evidence?" The problem is, I think, the whole approach: Louv likes nature, and he's convinced that only a barrage of science will be adequate for convincing anyone else. I'm trained as a scientist, and yet I don't believe that: maybe we can just, yunno, like nature, and think it's important. Instead Louv falls into a sort of science fetish, especially around new whiz-bang apparatus like neuro-imaging (your thoughts are only valid if we can see what part of your brain "lights up" when you think them). It's all very breathless, with no end of goofy coined phrases -- like a less clever Malcolm Gladwell (who is himself not all that clever).

I don't disagree with Louv in the least.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Little People on May 28, 2011
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I would reccomend the Nature Principal to anyone interested in improving their health and well being of the environment. I am a teacher and I have gotten tons of ideas on how to help my students and families for their homes and the classroom. It is also a great reference book to keep going back to for a lot of home, gardening, and community activities.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amy Beam on May 5, 2011
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I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every human who has a body, mind and spirit! The Nature Principle is so informative and inspiring. Not only are the authors observations and concerns explored in an easily accessible manner, but they also provoke thoughtful consideration and suggest reasonable action. I had intended to read this book outdoors, but found myself moving inside to my reading lamp as the sun went down! It was too compelling to put down as night fell!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AJ Turner on July 26, 2011
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Louv's first "nature volume"(Last Child In the Woods, The Nature-Deficit Disorder)reminded us of the need to get our kids into the outdoors, someway, somehow. Now, he reminds us that we adults need some "nature treatment" ourselves. We have to set the example for our families. He does it in readable/scientific/storytelling way. A fast, easy read? No, not if you want to understand the problems and connections to ADHD and obesity, not only in kids, but adults, too. I recommend both books!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Calamia on July 1, 2011
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After reading Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, I was deeply moved and inspired to focus my career on this path. And seeing him speak at a Long Island event confirmed my resolution to do what I can to move myself and others away from nature deficit disorder.

Now this book brings much hope and inspiration for me and hopefully many, many others to follow. Louv covers a broad range of related topics and ideas for us to all find our own way of deepening our connection and helping others to find theirs.

Now, I am researching for my own book, taking much inspiration from Louv's books, to go deeper into how we can connect to nature within the built environment from a biophilic design and feng shui perspective. I am grateful to Louv, the broad range of like-minded individuals he interviewed and for Algonquin Press, to see the vision of how we can move into a more hopeful future. Bravo!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Yarborough on September 11, 2011
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This book offers empirical evidence that time outdoors in nature makes us healthier, calms people with ADD, and lowers chances of obesity. In addition, studies have proven that time in nature makes a person more creative and increases intelligence levels. This does not have to be access to "100 acres" in the back woods of Oregon. Even people who have a view of a tree outside their window are positively impacted.

This book showed me that experiencing nature doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. It just needs to be regularly incorporated into our lives.

I highly recommend this book, with the one caveat that it is not light reading and is not a book to be read in one sitting. It's a book to be pondered and acted upon.
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