Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today we’ll unlock the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Do you remember how close you were to nature as a child? Maybe you played in the woods, caught fish in a creek, or picked fruits on a farm. For older adults, there was a lot of contact with nature when they were young. In the natural world, we can run freely and release our deeper instincts. Nature always makes us feel relaxed and happy, and gives us a feeling of inner peace and satisfaction. However, with the acceleration of industrialization and urbanization, our natural environment has been damaged to varying degrees: the scope of high-quality natural ecological environments has gradually decreased, and modern society has become increasingly superficial. For the sake of children’s safety, many parents find it difficult to find the time to take their children closer to nature. Our younger generation is gradually being moved away from forests, mountains, and grasslands. They are surrounded by electronics such as televisions, mobile phones, game consoles, and other gadgets, which makes many children lose interest in nature completely. They prefer to play indoors “because that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” Although today’s parents strive to provide their children with the best living and learning conditions, they ignore the children’s direct connection with nature. Some parents may think that society has developed, and that their children do not need to experience nature as much as they did. However, what they don’t know is that children’s alienation from nature will affect their sensory development, and their physical and mental health. In addition to this, it will indirectly damage children’s moral, aesthetic, emotional, and intellectual growth. The lack of connection with nature makes it difficult for children to build a sense of gratitude and respect for nature. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder is a thought-provoking book, which rivals Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Today, the ferocious wave of urbanization, the crises of environmental pollution, and the overwhelming tide of online information have hijacked the childhood of countless children. The broken bond between our young people and nature, the high rate of illnesses such as childhood obesity, attention-deficit disorders, and depression, and the surge in the number of children with nature-deficit disorder are the byproducts of social progress. Combined with a large amount of scientific research data, this book provides practical solutions and suggestions for closing the distance between children and nature and healing the broken bond between them. It has been called “an absolute must-read for parents” by the Boston Globe. The author, Richard Louv, is a well-known advocate for children’s rights, a senior journalist, best-selling author, and Chairman of the Children & Nature Network. He has long been concerned with and devoted himself to issues of nature, family, and community. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal by the National Audubon Society, an American environmental organization. Prior recipients include Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring. Next, we’ll introduce this book in three parts. Part One: Children with nature-deficit disorder Part Two: Why children need nature Part Three: How to help children return to nature
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