Richard Louv will be appearing across the U.S. and Canada this spring in a nationwide effort to build the movement to connect children, families and communities to the natural world. Coinciding with the paperback release of The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, many of these local appearances are free and open to the public, providing an excellent opportunity to introduce community members and potential partners to the goals and vision of the movement.
In his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv helped launch a vital dialog that spawned an international movement to reconnect children and nature. In his latest book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, now out in paperback, Louv delivers another powerful call to action—this time for adults. He will be speaking about the book across the country this spring, and overseas later in the year.
What do adults have to do with the children and nature movement? Plenty. While time in nature helps people of all ages vastly improve physical, psychological and spiritual health, children cannot make the nature connection without the help of the adults in their lives. In addition, Louv suggests, it will take people of all ages, working together, to shift the cultural norms that apply to all of us, to address and restore the fundamental human need for nature that he describes in his book, calling on much current research to underscore his case.
Thus far the tour has encouraged adults and young people to become more engaged and involved in the movement. They are starting Family Nature Clubs and Nature Circles; connecting with peer groups of teachers, students, health care professionals, conservationists, ranchers and urban farmers, city planners and architects. They’re joining C&NN initiatives, such as Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Month in April. A new generation of young leadership is emerging as well, often from inner city neighborhoods.
“The more high-tech our lives become,” Louv writes, “the more nature we need.“ The Nature Principle shows how we can integrate more nature into every aspect of our lives, from homes and family life to offices, urban planning and recreational spaces — and how we can create a great future, one in which “our cities and suburbs and rural areas become engines of biodiversity and human health.”
You can hear Richard Louv speak about The Nature Principle in the following cities: Framingham and New Bedford, Massachusetts; Biddeford, Maine; New Rochelle and New York City; Chicago; Minneapolis; San Francisco; Emmitsburg, Maryland; Fullerton and Laguna Beach, California; and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. More information, including newly added events, is available about Richard Louv’s appearances.
More appearances are likely to be added along the way. Not on one of the tour stops? Join the ongoing conversation about The Nature Principle and the children and nature movement on C&NN Connect. The North Face and Clif Bar are helping out with the tour; more about that later.
For more information about some of the concepts in The Nature Principle and how they apply to the children and nature movement, please see A Conversation with Richard Louv.
A March 30 2012 New York Times op-ed by Timothy Egan on Nature-Deficit Disorder.