Bokrecension – Last child in the woods

av Richard Louv (2008)

Om boken
”I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are,” reports a fourth grader. But it’s not only computers, television, and video games that are keeping kids inside. It’s also their parents’ fears of traffic, strangers, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus; their schools’ emphasis on more and more homework; their structured schedules; and their lack of access to natural areas. Local governments, neighborhood associations, and even organizations devoted to the outdoors are placing legal and regulatory constraints on many wild spaces, sometimes making natural play a crime.

As children’s connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade-point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that childhood experiences in nature stimulate creativity.

In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply–and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.
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Författaren sätter starka ord på den problematik som i skymundan växer fram, det hur vi för varje generation kommer allt längre ifrån naturen. Det är skrämmande, på det sätt han beskriver, och det finns många exempel som får det att både knyta sig i magen och låta skämskudden dyka fram. Väldigt tänkvärt, innehållsrikt och berättat med så mycket kärlek till naturen.

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