Last Child in the Woods
“Nature... offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot.
Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are;
it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity.”
Louv verbalizes the gut feeling in many of our hearts that yearns for our children to experience the out-of-doors firsthand, that is appalled if the local school no longer allows students to play at recess, that mourns for a child's sense of wonder that our culture so hurriedly squelches.
Not only that, but he has researched the ramifications, and he articulates connections between a child's interaction with nature, his involvement with and sense of place, and his imagination, creativity, sense of well-being, and (worryingly) more. The disconnect with nature continues into adulthood as the trend today is for universities to discourage studies in the natural sciences....
A thought-provoking book.
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