“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.” — Richard Louv
“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” ― Richard Louv
As more children are being raised in paved ecosystems, we now have a generation of children with deep sympathies for polar bears but little awareness that nature surrounds them all the time. Even in the presence of gardens, parks, and urban streams, urban kids are likely to think of the environment as somewhere else. The problem isn’t limited to our children. There are many adults who don’t even know what kind of tree is growing in their front yard and couldn’t define the word “ecology” if asked.
- UNDERSTANDING NATURE THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES: How Our Radically Different Perspectives Can Blind Us by Susan J. Tweit
- Nature Deficit Disorder: The Critical Role of Environmental Education for your Child’s Future
- A Minister’s Guide to the Spiritual Side of Nature By Reverend Julia Older
- The New Nature Movement: Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
- Leave No Child Inside by Richard Louv