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Summary

The Nature Principle presents a compelling case that a conscious reconnection to nature can make us whole again and that the future will belong to nature-smart individuals, families, businesses, and communities. Supported by evidence from emerging empirical and theoretical research and eye-opening anecdotes, Louv shows that when we tap into the restorative powers of the natural world we can boost mental acuity and creativity, heal illness, increase immunity, broaden our compassion, and strengthen human bonds. As he says in his introduction, The Nature Principle is about the power of living in nature, not with it, but in it. The 21st century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world.

©2011 Original material © 2011 Richard Louv. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2011 HighBridge Company

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"May be just what our high-tech, urban culture needs to bring us down to earth." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • GiGi
  • 22-03-12

Very inspiring!!

Loved the book!!! I've read Last Child in the Woods and this one is a very good follow up! I was so inspired by the way author talks about nature and possibilities we have as humankind to be KIND to nature and ourselves. It helps you see the future not so doomed and dark. I've noticed that I stop and look at the stars, clouds, trees and flowers more often. Really good read/listen! Thank you, Richard Louv!

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  • Myriam Madigan
  • 30-03-18

Wonderful

I loved this book and I'm going to recommend it to many. It is truly important that people read this book

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  • One who was thrown under the bus
  • 16-04-16

The future belongs to the nature smart

Great vision for the future. Louv lights the fire in this book that he prepped in his last.

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  • Lynne Millson-Fitzgerald
  • 16-03-16

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The content of the book was great yet the narrator sounded robotic spoiling the experience

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  • Nicholas
  • 13-07-15

Hope for a living future

This book gives strong evidence for the benefits and necessity of a human reconnection to the world around us. It reminds us that we are a part of a greater system, a natural living, growing and changing world that we can work with to create a better future for us all. A great ecological experience, highly recommended!

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  • Anne Turner
  • 23-05-15

He teaches nature anywhere at any time

He gives us ideas on how we can have nature in all areas of our life so we can feel happier. He does not make you feel bad for not being perfect. He says just do the best you can to add vitamin N (which means nature) in to our life's.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-15

A must-read to help nature-lovers

An amazing collection of real studies proving how nature or lack of nature experiences has a profound affect on people both physically and mentally. Includes examples of what people and communities are doing to combat the issue of "Nature-deficit Disorder".

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  • Tracy
  • 14-03-15

Great message! Get outside people!

Great information, references, and message! Just obviously a little dry for an audio book. This helped give me more motivation to get outside!

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  • Brett
  • 02-07-14

Get Outside

Where does The Nature Principle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The top.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mother Nature. She is my favorite character because we all depend on her and if we don't go outside and play with her we will never understand her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It hits home hard. I need to be the change I want to see in the world.

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  • G. L. Walker
  • 26-11-12

So glad I picked this one!

What did you love best about The Nature Principle?

The Nature Principle is a treasure box of evidence that reinforces one's faith in the interconnectedness between human and nature. I wonder if it would change the convictions of a person who thinks natural areas are wasted space?

What did you like best about this story?

Louv is passionate in his mission to bring society back to nature. He is an idealist, in many ways, so his vision is optimistic. There were times when the realist in me thought, "wow, that will never happen..." with regard to his predictions. But I am eternally glad that he has written about a world where nature is our blueprint for a sustainable lifestyle that includes all the spiritual, physical, emotional and economic benefits of outdoor appreciation.

What does Rick Adamson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Adamson does a nice job with inflection to give the impression that his thoughts flow from your speakers, rather than a separate author.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

The kind of change Louv advocates begins at home. This is not a book only for educators or natural resource managers. It is a book for families, about saving families, in order to save communities. It is a compelling case that nature makes us more fully human, more completely us. I will probably buy the print copy so that I can write all over it and underline and follow up with the many research references. This book compels me to act, and that is more than I can say for a lot of the stuff I read/hear!