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Nature deficit disorder

Richard Louv argues in Last Child in the Woods that over the last few decades children have become increasingly separated from nature and this has left them without powerful experiences of natural beauty and spiritual energy. You can listen to an NPR interview with him.

He defines “nature deficit disorder” as “the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and a higher rate of physical and emotional illnesses.” He quotes Paul Gorman, founder and director of the National Partnership for the Environment: “The extent that we separate our children from creation is the extent to which we separate them from the creator—from God.”

Posted by Michael L Umphrey
on 01/12 at 05:37 AM
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