“In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.” (Source: RichardLouv.com)
“Nature-deficit disorder may have grave consequences for today’s often sedentary, over-protected youth, according to an interview in the current issue of the American Journal of Play with Richard Louv and conservationist Cheryl Charles (who helped launch the ‘Leave No Child Inside’ initiative along with Louv).” (Source: journalofplay.org) However, more than just raising an alarm, “practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond” are offered, many of which are right in our own backyard.
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“The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and the health of the Earth are inseparable.”