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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

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In his thought-provoking book, journalist Richard Louv highlights the gulf between children and the outdoors, linking the absence of nature to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.  Louv uses the term Nature-deficit disorder  to describe the human costs of alienation from nature.  This is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond. This is a powerful book that has significant implications for botanic gardens, particularly those located in urban environments.

Richard Louv, 2006
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, USA, 334 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-56512-522-3
A division of Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.