Nature-deficit Disorder: What Kids Lose Without Enough Outdoors
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Nature-deficit Disorder: What Kids Lose Without Enough Outdoors

Jaimee Bell
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“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart.” – Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

The term “Nature-Deficit Disorder” was coined by Richard Louv, not to serve as a medical diagnosis, but to give meaning to a significant problem in modern society – the human costs of alienating ourselves from nature. There is an ever-growing gap between human beings and nature due to open green space being urbanized and large advancements in technology.

Since the term was coined in Louv’s 2005 publication “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder”, it has been used as a rallying point for a movement called the New Nature Movement that


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