Blog Posts on Richard Louv, _The Nature Principle_, Chapters 14-17


10 thoughts on “Blog Posts on Richard Louv, _The Nature Principle_, Chapters 14-17

  1. Louv continues on in chapters 14- 17 of ‘The Nature Principle’, to describe our need to be connected with nature and how to maintain a healthy environment around us. In chapter 14 it is starts of explaining how to fight global blaring. Now a days every where we go there is excessive noise. According to the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, ‘There is a tremendous opportunity over the coming years to dramatically reshape our neighborhood soundscapes by reshaping the lawn and garden market place.’ I agree with this. If we were to take more precautions to prevent our wasteful habits we might be able to witness a greater amount of progress in our communities. In this we can prevent wasting energy from using too much artificial light. We see that there is too much light pollution along with sky blindness. I agree with this as an evolving society we have tendencies to over use and waste products that can be of far greater use to us. We need to learn to stop, look up, and listen.
    In chapter five is all about how to mix business with environmental movements. Taking business people outdoors can produce more than new marketing ideas. The creation of a high performance workplace is one way to ensure stability. Establishing productivity, good health, and happiness can come about from incorporating a few natural elements into the work place. ‘The Nature Principle”, offers its own set of design rules: use natural systems to enhance human beings physical, psychological, and spiritual life; preserve of plant nature everywhere; and rather than plan for obsolescence, plan for long- term organic growth. I agree with these, a good state of mind can come about from a good, formatted setting. Nature is the solution, it offers natural communities that produce human energy. This causes consumers to buy more when the environment is nature friendly. If a business with nature adds more to the natural world than it subtracts, if it strengthens human care fro nature, while enhancing human intelligence, health, and well-being, then that relationship is not only moral, but truly nature smart.
    Chapter sixteen focuses on living in a restorative city. We need to restore and conserve the natural world. The social and economic networks which the poor rely on for subsistence can hardly be sustained in high rise structures. I agree that we need urban agriculture to increase so that we can form a modern urban green print to use fro green networks and wildlife corridors. We should be thinking of ways to be creative in our neighborhoods.
    In chapter seventeen we are shown how we are in need of minimizing harm and damage to natural systems and human health as well as enriching the human body, mind, and spirit. The emerging design of philosophy is all about conserving energy and producing human energy. In this a good greenfield development relies on three prerequisites: a region wide system of sustainable, mixed- used development, and diverse mix of housing types. Over all the nature principle promotes variance, biodiversity, and cultural diversity. We need to preserve the planet.


  2. I thought Louv’s points about noise were interesting and the effects that it is having on nature. As he stated in the book noise is derived from the latin word nausea. I thought this connection was interesting. But it is important to realize that noise effects people, animals, and nature. Loud noises keep individuals from listening and connecting with nature. The noise of loud cars, sirens, leaf blowers, and etc. keep people from hearing nature. This disconnection with nature is unhealthy and Louv argues how we need to change this. Louv also says, however, that our society is moving in the right direction by transferring to more energy efficient and quiet products like cars or leaf blowers. When the noise is decreased then people will be able to listen and appreciate nature. But it is also important to understand that noise is effecting animals and nature. Loud noises can change migration patterns of birds and as Professor Dean said in class the recent studies of how noise in the ocean is disrupting the sea life. Another key point I took out of the reading was when Louv talked about central park. I agree with his idea that though having a large central park is great instead it would be more effective to have more smaller parks spread throughout the community. This will make it more accessible to get in touch with nature in several areas rather than in just one.


  3. In Korea, I used to rockclimb with my friends every weekend. When I was a half way up and take some rest where I was able to see the whole nature around the cliff, I was simply amazed by how marvelous the nature is. It is not only the view that I was fascinated but also the sound of nature. The calm and quiet silence gave me a relief of stress and chirpping sound by birds also made me feel relaxed. Louv also said that loud noise actually prevents people from appreciating nature. Our industrialized cities make our lives live in a very loud society by ambulance, factory noise, cars, and lawn mowers etc. Louv is suggesting us to spend more time to feel and “listen” to the nature. The experiment that we did during the class was also a great opportunity to spend some time to listen to the nature. Easily, I was able to feel the comfort from the sound of birds and nature. The experiment emphasized how listening to nature makes our lives get better. Another method introduced by Louv was parks. In this civilized cities, I think it will be an extremely good idea to build parks where people can take some rest and be connected to nature.


  4. While reading chapter 17, I pictured everything that Louv talked described. He talked about how shopping centers draped the urban areas of the world and they could be replaced by mixed eco-villages. It tied in really nicely when he described the building that was going up in New York City known as Via Verde. I looked it up and it looked like a normal apartment complex with the exception of green areas draped around the roof and different levels and walls of the building. Now, more and more cities are beginning to plan their buildings and layouts with nature in mind. These cities are being influenced by the works of authors and activists such as Louv who talk about the impact that nature can have on a population and not only the physical appeal of it but also the emotional and psychological aspects of its incorporation. He talked about some activists who were trying to revitalize the city of Detroit through greening up buildings and the areas around. It’s known as The Greening of Detroit and was involving youths and to me it has multiple beneficial dimensions to that idea. Not only was it helping the aesthetics of the community but it was also ingraining the idea of taking care of the environment and helping their community through gardening. Later on in the chapter he mentions the LEED initiative and its role in helping create a more eco-friendly environment. I was first introduced to the initiative back in 2009 when Iowa City was rebuilding its station on Melrose Avenue. There were different qualifications to reach different levels and the building itself was powered with renewable energy and had skylights that were used to keep the lights off and the energy consumption down.


  5. In Chapter 14, Louv talks about the different barriers separating us from nature. While some are self imposed, such as electronics, others are created by the rest of the world.The first of these is noise. Noise does have an impact in nature and our relationship with it. Louv writes about how excessive noise such as traffic, aircraft, and construction are what keeps people inside or causes them to put earphones on if they are outside. He goes on to explain that the word noise is actually a derivative from the Latin word nausea. I found this to actually be quite interesting and ironic at the same time. Most of us don’t like loud noises, similar to how nausea does not make anyone feel good. Louv believes that if society did more to decrease excessive noises it could lead to an increase in people going outside. The second barrier preventing us from venturing outside is our ‘sky blindness.’ He says that looking up into the sky is one of the ways to cure our nature-defecit disorder. Stargazing is a good example of this. However, at night, most of the sky is covered in bright lights from buildings and highways, covering up the stars.


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