Blog Posts on Richard Louv, _The Nature Principle_, Chapter 18 through Epilogue

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24 thoughts on “Blog Posts on Richard Louv, _The Nature Principle_, Chapter 18 through Epilogue

  1. In the conclusion to Richard Louv’s book “The Nature Principle” he calls for action from the people. He states that all people need to take the time to appreciate nature. He also explains that it is time to change society’s view on nature to where nature is expected and becomes a norm in everyday life. Louv states that the disconnection between children and nature needs to stop allow, he says “our society must do more than just talk about the importance of nature.” This quote is influential because now that people are becoming more aware of nature’s benefits and the attention that nature needs to receive, it is time to go get involve and take action into reconnecting nature to everyday life. Louv also talks about how we need to view the earth, nature, and its people as one whole, not separate things. We are connected with nature and we need to acknowledge our relationship. The main ideas in my opinion to take away from the book are nature deficit disorder (acknowledge that we as people are not in touch with nature and it is affecting our everyday lives), vitamin N (acknowledge that we need nature in our lives physically and psychologically in order to live a healthy life) , and the importance of reconnecting with nature (we are one with nature and nature is our home, our bodies were made to live in nature so it is time to reconnect with nature to better our lives and the lives of future generations).

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  2. In Chapter 19, Louv talks a lot about sustainability. He writes how sustainability in nature is the primary goal, but goes on to explain that it is not enough. We are letting nature slip away from us by simply trying to just sustain it. Louv gives the example of how the Oxford Junior Dictionary deleted over ninety common plants and animals, such as acorn, clover, and willow. After the deletion, added words were MP3 players, blogs, and Blackberry. Instead of trying to only sustain the environment, we should be trying to add to it. An example of this is given when Louv talks about a friend of his who switched to a solar-cell energy system. His friend said that by doing this, he felt as though he was “a good ancestor.” Louv thinks that if more of us showed respect to our ancestors through the land, that we could move to a phase in nature that is beyond sustainability. He says that we could build a new nature movement that will include more nature around us. With more nature around us, there will be “greater biodiversity and increased food production.” For this movement to gradually take place, Louv discusses his Three Ring Theory and how it could lead to success in more nature. The First Ring is direct-service programs that connect people to nature. The Second Ring is full of individual guides and volunteers. The Third Ring is a vast orbit of networked associations, individuals, and families. With all these components working together, Louv believes that it can help to create a “re-natured” culture.

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  3. This week we keep working on Louv’s book and his rest chapters.Since we will have presentation next week,we transform our attention from his chapters to connection beyond this book which is our course model and material.We’ve both support nature as the fundamental element for our society.Since we focus on how to build a good society,we had to consider not only environment effect by human but also different fields that affect human behavior.Nature can improve our sense of happiness and increase our energy.We protect our nature not only for our physical needs but also mental needs.Nature principle can help us even improve our at-homeness and sense of belonging by stayed our impression for our specific family.For commons part,if we can stayed focus on balancing enough nature resource with population,we can make a big progress on becoming a good society.The key to our good society is nature and balance.Last but not least,our connection between friends and family in community is also significant for building a good society.We should give more attention other than only simple model in books.In a diverse world,we should focus more on practical problem and try to fix it.

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  4. The last four chapters of Richard Louv’s book talk about how the world is changing from lives without nature. First, Louv introduces a story about a girl from Raytown, Missiouri, who was also known as a little poet by her teachers. She told Louv that she likes to spend time in nature because it makes her feel really good. However, she also told Louv that it felt like they were destroying her when people started cutting all the trees down. Louv was very surprised in a sense that she referred to her woods as “part of me.” There was an experiment introduced in Norway by Louv. Teachers and farmers were teamed up to make students spend sometime in nature. A high school teacher in California told his students to find a place and spend a half hour in nature and write an one page long essay. Christpeels and Louv shared the results and both were satisfied in a way that students wrote that the experience was a life changing experience. Louv was very satisfied in a sense that the world is changing by creating more jobs that make people connect to nature. However, Louv also said that the current change is not enough. I agree with Louv that the world should be changing to improve a way to connect people and nature.

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  5. In the last chapters of Richard Louv’s “Nature Principle, Louv wraps up his whole book by asking us to help save the world. We cant keep doing what we are doing and expect everything to be okay in the future. An example of needing to change comes in chapter 18 when Louv says, we need to slow down and enjoy everything nature is. We have to recognize everything nature does to us and give as much back to nature as it gives to us. He also states that we need to make it personal. You see this message when he tells the story of the little girl who said she felt like a part of her was lost when the destroyed the forest she played in. We need make a connection with nature to the point that it almost feels like when nature is harmed we feel harmed.

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  6. This week, we focused away form reading and turned our attention to connections beyond class. This fits with the last chater of Richard Louv’s book, “The Nature Princile”. The last chater in his book is all about taking action. He menttions doing small things that wil lead to big change, like stoing and apreciating nature, he says this in chater eighteen. Richard Louv talks all about how we as a oulation have to make nature a personal thing which fits very wel into the current project we are working on. Richard Louv shortly discusses a little girl from Raytown, Missouri. He says that she said that the woods are “a part of me”. This is relatable, over the summer I discussed a 4 mile trail near my house that i went biking on for weeks because it was a about nature, even if it was in the middle of town. Nature is a art of all of us
    PS; This is my second post this week

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  7. In Louv’s last few chapters he talks about saving the world and keeping the nature. Louv basically says that we need to make a change now and make it fast if we want to keep our nature in the future. Like in chapter 19 he talks about sustainability and how that is his main goal. When I say “sustain our nature” I don’t think he actually means keeping it but he wants people to go out and enjoy it too. We get so wrapped up in our technology today we often forget about the amazing nature we have right outside of our front doors. Over I have really enjoyed Louvs book and perspective on his take of nature and how we see it. I think that Louv not only gave a very accurate perspective it was also very eye opening on things that I have not thought of.

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  8. In chapter 18 through the epilogue, which is the conclusion of Richard Louv’s piece of writing named The Nature Principle, Louv talks to us about how everyone on the planet Earth needs to take the time to appreciate all the nature that surrounds us on the planet, not only appreciate it, but to take care of it as well. Nature gives us so many things in life, and yet we give so little back. That is why Louv tells us that we should give back to nature as much as nature gives to us. Doing anything to help nature is worth it. Some examples of these little things that you can do to help nature is water plants, pick up any piece of trash that is on the ground, and recycle he items that can are recyclable. By going outside on walks or going on nature trails, we can appreciate nature like Louv tells us we should do.

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  9. In the last few chapters, Louv mostly focuses on saving nature and making people aware of what they should do in order to save nature. He talks about sustainability a lot and most importantly, talks about what we should do beyond sustainability. I like how Louv has a very positive view on what humans are capable of doing in relation to sustainability and how he truly believes that we can make a huge difference and change the world to the better. He believes that connection with nature is now one of the more important concerns since we are already on the track of trying to create a sustainable environment. He thinks that the connections humans need to make with nature should not be lost during the environmental movement, which is really true, I believe. I love the part where Louv mentions this, “ By the old way of thinking, a botanical garden should be in every city. By the new way of thinking, every city should be in a botanical garden” (257). Louv continues discussing the effect of nature on humans and how we need to dig deeper into knowing more about the natural world and what benefits it gives our health and the community. I think that by reading The Nature Principle, I can take away many encouraging ideas and reasons why I should reconnect with nature because if each of us does, we would make a much better community as a whole.

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  10. Overall I found “The Nature Principle” by Richard Louv extremely eye opening. It’s kind of sad to say but prior to this book I never really took notice to how important Nature is in our lives. In the beginning to this class Professor Dean asked us what role nature plays in our lives? My answer to this question was that nature doesn’t really play a big role in my life that it’s just always kind of been there. After reading this book I have realized how much better my life could be if I started incorporating nature into it. So starting about last week I decided to spend more time in nature by taking more walks and just doing more outdoor activities. After a week of spending more time in nature, I can say without a shred of doubt that nature is very important and everyone should spend more time in it. The decrease in the amount of stress I feel after spending some time in nature is unbelievable. I plan on taking a half hour walk every single day this week to reduce the stress I feel while studying for finals.

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  11. “The Nature principle was probably one of my favorite pieces that we went over this entire semester. All of the other ones were very important and gave a good lesson, but this one excelled even more than those at least to me personally. It was until this book that I realized just how much we actually take nature for granted, and how nature can even be right in front of us and we don’t even know it! When I did my presentation over the area of our workplaces and he talks about how a place in Michigan created a new work environment with natural air, windows overlooking prairies, and little things like that, it made me realize that even if we don’t have the opportunity sometimes to actually get out in nature that it can be admired from the outside too. Louv put the whole concept of nature differently in my head after reading this book, and I think it honestly had 10+ points and tips that I’ll take away this semester and find ways to apply them in my every day life from now on.

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  12. “The Nature Principal” was an incredible essay and really opened my eyes about nature and what we are becoming as a human race. I never really understood what nature did for us until I read this piece. Nature plays such a huge part in our life, but we are beginning to lose that, with all the technology that is coming out. Children are learning about nature through screens and touchable devices. By bringing nature into your life, it can be improved exponentially. Nature is a very important part to growing up and finding out who you really are. Being in Nature can also be such a stress reliever, and you don’t need to pay any money or do anything special besides just going outside. We can appreciate it so much more by just walking on trails or going by a lake. If we want to continue to observe this great thing, we must take the time to take care of it. Sustainability is the key to saving nature.

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