“The future will belong to the nature-smart…The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”
– Richard Louv
We email, text, tweet, and then buy on Amazon. The Tribune Media Group recently reported we’re on the Web at over 5 hours each day. In addition to that, we’re involved in technology almost every day.
Do we see Nature every day?
Even if the nature immediately around you isn’t as beautiful as above, there is still so much glory. The sun, green grass, fresh air, a cool breeze, rain that refreshes all and cleans the earth.
Look up to the sky.
I remember as child, one of my favorite things was playing outdoors in my backyard. I’d be in the sandbox, gazing at the glorious California blue of the sky, and the tall, green trees for which “Palo Alto” was named. The very tip tops seemed to frame in their own haphazard way, a fringe around the sky. And seeing that medium dark green up next to a beautiful heaven blue, was a bit of perfection. It was peacefulness in my childhood.
So technology does seem to reign at times. It’s what life has evolved to, and we shouldn’t stop it. It allows us to stay in touch with people we love, and to get certain things done quicker. Yet, we can take steps to ensure balance in our lives. Balance for engaging with the natural world just as much as we do with gadgets.
Join me in appreciating whatever nature is in front of you today.
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of books about the connections amongst family, nature, and community. He is the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network, an organization that helps to connect today’s children and future generations to the natural world. Louv is also Honorary Co-chairman of Canada’s national Children and Nature Alliance; a part of the board of directors of ecoAmerica and the editorial board of Ecopsychology. Previously, he was a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine. Louv’s accomplishments include the 2007 Cox Award for “sustained achievement in public service,” the highest honor of Clemson University. In 2009, he earned the International Making Cities Livable Jane Jacobs Award.
Louv is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and the father of two sons, Jason and Matthew. Although an author and journalist, Richard Louv has said about himself that “he would rather fish than write.”
Bio source: About Richard Louv
Statistic source: Tribune Media Group