Catching Lizards and Nature-Deficit Disorder

Catching Lizards and Nature-Deficit Disorder
As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations.

I’m reading the most marvelous book, ‘The Nature Principle’ by Richard Louv. Louv, a child advocacy expert, believes that “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.” Great stuff. Written after the tremendous success of his groundbreaking book, ‘Last Child in the Woods’, about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, 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. The good news is he offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond – both in children, and in ourselves!

Now back to catching lizards with a reed snare. Like many of you, I remember a childhood where we were pushed out the door to play and told to come back when the streetlights came on or we heard dad yelling from down the street that dinner was ready, whichever came…
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