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The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

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The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder

By Richard Louv

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“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.”
—Richard Louv

Our society, says Louv, has developed such an outsized faith in technology that we have yet to fully realize or even adequately study how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. As he says in his introduction, The Nature Principle is "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."

Richard Louv makes a convincing case that through a nature-balanced existence—driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions—the human race can and will thrive. This timely, inspiring, and important work will give readers renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live.

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Why should we reconnect with nature? Read the book to find out!

In his new book, “The Nature Principle,” author Richard Louv shares how the whole family – and whole communities — can become happier, healthier and smarter through more contact with the natural world.


“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

"This elegant, original, good-humored, and stunningly thorough work is no less than a new law of Nature, and we had better pay attention." 
-Robert Michael Pyle, author of The Thunder Tree
“Louv takes nature-deficit disorder, introduced 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.”
—Publisher's Weekly


“A refreshingly personal and eloquent case for building nature-smart communities.” –David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society


"Does contact with nature enhance mental and physical health and creativity? Richard Louv has collected the research and emerging practices that say yes." -Mary Catherine Bateson, author of Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom

"With Compelling research, personal stories, and the movement that he has been instrumental in creating to connect us to nature, Louv is helping us all-adults and children-thrive in today's complex world." -Ellen Galinsky, President & Cofounder, Families and Work Institute, and author of Mind in the Making


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