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Our Nature-Deficit Disorder Needs a Remedy

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel – September 10, 2012
By Philip Chard

Our Nature-Deficit Disorder Needs a Remedy We live on a planet, but a lot of us don't act like it. We suffer what eco-psychologists call "nature deficit disorder," which is the absence of both knowledge about and a heartfelt connection with the natural world. Unfortunately, examples abound. I am flummoxed to hear of people who are oblivious to nature's laws, often to their peril. Consider one couple who died less than a mile from a convenience store because they hiked into the unforgiving Sonora Desert in midday with no water. Then there are folks who drive into rising water during a flash flood. It takes less…
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