Richard Louv is a man after my own heart. I first heard him speak on NPR years ago and was prompted to buy an early edition of his book, Last Child in the Woods. I owe him a huge debt. In this book he ties together trends I had been observing but never quite connected – at last not nearly as well as he does.
Impeccably researched and fantastically readable, this book shows us the connections between modern children’s disconnection with nature and such trends as: the rise in obesity and attention deficit disorder; our emotional well being; notions of over-inflated fears; personal competencies; and building a future constituency for our national parks. And more.
I consistently recommend it to anyone with an ear. Louv has also published The Nature Principle, which is on my upcoming reading list. Read about both here.