Nature-deficit disorder. That is the term coined by Richard Louv in his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods. In it, he outlines the huge (and growing) rift separating children and the outdoors. He also draws a direct connection between the digital age and this so-called nature-deficit. It becomes a full-blown syndrome when childhood epidemics like obesity, attention disorders and depression are factored into the equation.
The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.
As a child advocacy expert, Richard Louv was the first to collect and expose a growing body of evidence suggesting healthy physical, emotional and mental development in both children and adults requires direct exposure to nature.
In his latest book, The Nature Principle, Louv suggests humanity's reliance on technology has subverted our connection with nature. We have hamstrung our ability to know the universe more fully via direct knowledge of the essence of nature. It goes without saying our ability to enhance our lives through the power of nature has likewise been reduced.
[It's] about the power of living in nature—not with it, but in it. We are entering the most creative period in history. The twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world.
This is not just a sound-but. The book outlines how tapping into "the restorative powers of the natural world" can improve our:
- mental acuity
- health & wellness
- concept of sustainability
- families & communities
- businesses & economies
- connections with each other and all beings
The Nature Principle makes the case that social, environmental and economic solutions must promote a symbiotic relationship with nature. It supports its case with cutting-edge research, anecdotal evidence and intriguing stories of direct personal experience.
PeapodLife applauds Richard Louv's excellent work; not just his books, but his tireless advocacy, education and awareness activities which promote a growing movement.
It's a Social, Environmental and Economic movement toward symbiosis and harmony very much at the heart of PeapodLife Building EcoSystems & Technology.