Saturday, September 01, 2012

Louv: "The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”

Turnagain Arm Mud Flats - Near Hope

My daughter's roommate in college was from NYCity and needed to regularly escape to the concrete from their very green, wooded campus.  So maybe it's just what you're used to.

But I still believe that getting out into natural settings is good for the soul.  And I seem to be supported by Richard Louv who's speaking in Anchorage Sept. 6 (free) at Wendy Williamson at UAA at 7pm.  And Fairbanks Sept. 5.  Louv Alaska visit details here.

"[Louv's] 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. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard."
[I haven't read the books so I have to rely others for now.]

wet grass seed

Louv's seven reasons we need a New Nature Movement:
  1. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need. 
  2. As of 2008, more than half of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. Adults have nature-deficit disorder, too. 
  3. Environmentalism needs to hit reset. 
  4. Sustainability alone is not sustainable. 
  5. Conservation is not enough. Now we need to “create” nature.  
  6. We'll need the true greening of America and the rest of the world. 
  7. We have a choice. There is elaboration of each at the link above.

 This is fall skunk cabbage.  Go here for early spring skunk cabbage.

Six Mile Creek

These are left over from last week's trip to Hope.

“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.

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