Richard Louv

Recipient of the Audubon Medal

Author of the National Bestseller Last Child in the Woods

The Nature Principle manages to both teach and delight. Think of it as a refreshing hike for the mind and soul through 320 pages.”

“A summons home to the nature that nourishes the best human qualities of creativity, intelligence, connection, and compassion.”

“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.”

“A refreshingly personal and eloquent case for building nature-smart communities.”

“May be just what our high-tech, urban culture needs to bring us down to earth.”

“Exactly the book we most need, for now and for all time.”

“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.”

The Nature Principle, by Richard Louv - now in paperback

Now in Paperback!
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In his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv sparked a national debate that spawned an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. He coined the term nature-deficit disorder; influenced national policy; and helped inspire campaigns in over eighty cities, states, and provinces throughout North America. In The Nature Principle, Louv delivers another powerful call to action—this time for adults.

Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv identifies seven basic concepts that can help us reshape our lives. By tapping into the restorative powers of nature, we can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds.

Louv makes a convincing case that we are entering the most creative period in history, that in fact the twenty-first century will be the era of human restoration in the natural world. This encouraging and influential work offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.

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