Words matter. These are the best Richard Louv Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
A lot of people think they need to give up nature to become adults but that’s not true. However, you have to be careful how you describe and define ‘nature.’
It’s easy to blame the nature-deficit disorder on the kids’ or the parents’ back, but they also need the help of urban planners, schools, libraries and other community agents to find nature that’s accessible.
We are telling our kids that nature is in the past and it probably doesn’t count anymore, the future is in electronics, the boogeyman is in the woods, and playing outdoors is probably illicit and possibly illegal.
Other species help children develop empathy.
As a species, we are most animated when our days and nights on Earth are touched by the natural world. We can find immeasurable joy in the birth of a child, a great work of art, or falling in love.
If war occurs, that positive adult contact in every shape is needed more than ever. It will be a matter of emotional life and death. There’s not a handy one-minute way of talking to your kid about war.
Our kids are actually doing what we told them to do when they sit in front of that TV all day or in front of that computer game all day. The society is telling kids unconsciously that nature’s in the past. It really doesn’t count anymore, that the future is in electronics, and besides, the bogeyman is in the woods.
These days, unplugged places are getting hard to find.
Natural playgrounds may decrease bullying.
I do not trust technology. I mean, I don’t think we’re in any danger of kids, you know, doing without video games in the future, but I am saying that their lives are largely out of balance.
How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors?
Green exercise improves psychological health.
When you’re sitting in front of a screen, you’re not using all of your senses at the same time. Nowhere than in nature do kids use their senses in such a stimulated way.
Time spent in nature is the most cost-effective and powerful way to counteract the burnout and sort of depression that we feel when we sit in front of a computer all day.
By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility.
Kids and adults pay a price for too much tech, and it’s not wholesale.
Now, more than ever, we need nature as a balancing agent.
There’s a generation now that didn’t grow up in nature. Some of these adults are parents and they know that nature is good for their kids but they don’t know where to start.
We tend to block off many of our senses when we’re staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses.
Kids are plugged into some sort of electronic medium 44 hours per week.