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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.

Topics: The Environment

Published: Workman eBooks on Apr 24, 2012
ISBN: 9781616201500
List price: $14.95
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The Nature Principle by Richard Louv is a wonderful followup to his popular book The Last Child in the Woods. I enjoyed listening to Rick Adamson read the unabridged 10.24 hour audio version. The short, focused chapters were perfect for an audio book format. Louv focuses on seven basic concepts that tap into the restorative power of nature. Combining ideas and information from both well-known naturalists through history as well as current research, Louv provides compelling arguments for the importance of the natural world in today's society.If you're looking for a book to guide the future of the nature movement, this would be a great place to start.read more
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I really enjoyed Louv's Last Child in the Woods, and have recommended it to many people. I wanted to like The Nature Principle (audio version), but couldn't get into it. It might be better in print...read more
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Louv does a fantastic job of explaining the why's and how's of the benefits of nature exposure. I enjoy his anecdotes, and believe he brought in a lot of research (some subjective observation, some scientific research) to adequately support his points. Even if you're not much of a nature person, this book motivates you to WANT to get out and be with nature just to experience the numerous benefits. Well written, well narrated, clear, and entertaining. I would recommend this work to anyone at all.read more
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The Nature Principle by Richard Louv is a wonderful followup to his popular book The Last Child in the Woods. I enjoyed listening to Rick Adamson read the unabridged 10.24 hour audio version. The short, focused chapters were perfect for an audio book format. Louv focuses on seven basic concepts that tap into the restorative power of nature. Combining ideas and information from both well-known naturalists through history as well as current research, Louv provides compelling arguments for the importance of the natural world in today's society.If you're looking for a book to guide the future of the nature movement, this would be a great place to start.
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I really enjoyed Louv's Last Child in the Woods, and have recommended it to many people. I wanted to like The Nature Principle (audio version), but couldn't get into it. It might be better in print...
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Louv does a fantastic job of explaining the why's and how's of the benefits of nature exposure. I enjoy his anecdotes, and believe he brought in a lot of research (some subjective observation, some scientific research) to adequately support his points. Even if you're not much of a nature person, this book motivates you to WANT to get out and be with nature just to experience the numerous benefits. Well written, well narrated, clear, and entertaining. I would recommend this work to anyone at all.
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The Nature Principle is one person's belief system and to him it makes sense. To others, it would take a restructuring of their world and how they live to make this work for them. I moved to another country and lived there for ten years, and in those ten years saw people going from "the nature principle" way of living to a more materialistic way. As the young people's incomes grew and they had access to more expensive pursuits, the bicycles for one example, once used as a means of transportation was slowly used less and cars were purchased and used by all members of the family (lots of rain added to this covered transportation). Because of that experience, this book was of interest to me as to how we evolve, making choices for our own environment. The author listed seven concepts which, if followed, would help us to reshape our lives. In addition, he gave us a framework to be able to boost our creativity, to promote our health and well being, to build smarter communities and to strengthen human bonds. My selection was on 8 CD's and this worked for me as I was able to do my morning walk as I listened to the inspiration as explained by Mr. Louv. I recommend this book, but also the CD set highly because I believe we all can contribute more to our small corner of the world to not lose what we have in pursuit of things we do not need.
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Provided you are already interested in the topic, The Nature Principle is a very interesting read. It is extensively researched, and Louv is a fluid enough writer to weave a tremendous amount of research into his work and still remain popularly accessible. What he lacks in scholarly rigor (naturally, all the research cited supports his hypothesis), he makes up for in sheer breadth of research--citing studies and quotes from an incredibly wide variety of fields, from education and psychology, to botany and medicine, to architecture and engineering. He also manages to fit in a good bit of anecdotal evidence, which should appeal to his more emotionally-inclined readers. If anything, this anecdotal evidence--including stories from his own life--seems a bit over-written compared to the rest of the book, as if Louv consciously invited his inner Thoreau to cut loose from time to time about the romantic glories of Walden Pond--even though his inner Thoreau is far less developed and mature than his inner Teddy Roosevelt, the smart, policy-minded nature-lover. If I had one really cutting criticism of the book on audio (which is the form I consumed it in) it's that the narrator sounds like a cross between Rod Serling and the automated voice on my voice mail system--simply the wrong choice for this material.
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This is a truly inspirational book and a much needed reminder of how important it is for people to be out in nature. The author describes how every facet of human life is affected by nature or the lack thereof, and then offers up suggestions on how we can incorporate more nature into every day life. I found this book very interesting and I was surprised how much there was to discuss on this topic. But the author did a great job and really inspired me to spend more time outdoors. Great read!
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