Richard Louv may not be a doctor or a psychologist, but that hasn’t stopped him from influencing the way we think about nature and our well-being. A journalist, Louv has conducted extensive research into our relationship with nature. Featured in his book Last Child in the Woods, the condition he calls “nature deficit disorder” has raised critical issues every parent should consider.
In case you haven’t heard of nature deficit disorder, the term refers to the mental and physical symptoms that can occur when kids don’t spend enough time outdoors. These symptoms include anxiety, depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder (ADD). As you can probably guess, we at My Camp Kitchen believe in the positive effects of the great outdoors and are interested in Louv’s theories.
Louv’s thesis is more than just a theory, though. His books have started an international movement to bring kids and nature back together, and they have inspired campaigns across North America. He has won prestigious awards for his work, including the Audubon Medal given by the nonprofit environmental organization National Audubon Society. Louv has been featured on national TV shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America. With Louv gaining recognition, more parents are becoming aware of the damaging effects of spending too little time outdoors on their kids. We hope they will be compelled to take action.
So what’s the solution for nature deficit disorder? According to Richard Louv, it’s more time spent outdoors. In his latest book, The Nature Principle, Louv discusses his hopes for the future and challenges readers to rethink their relationship with nature.