Nature-Deficit Disorder

May 1, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

“‘We’re part of nature,’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told him, ‘and if we separate ourselves from that, we’re separating ourselves from our history, from the things that tie us together. We don’t want to live in a world where there are no recreational fishermen, where we’ve lost touch with the seasons, the tides, the things that connect us — to 10,000 generations of human beings that were here before there were laptops, and ultimately connect us to God.'”
A new book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin Books, May 2005, 336 pages) by journalist Richard Louv, points to the dangers of our children not roaming the out-of-doors to the extent their parents did. Kevin O’Connor in Vermont’s Times Argus.