Richard Louv is the author of eight books, including “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder” and “The Nature Principle.” Translated into 13 languages and published in 17 countries, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature. Richard is cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications, and has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and other programs.
Among other awards, Richard Louv is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal; past recipients have included Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson and Jimmy Carter. In 2010, he delivered the plenary keynote at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in 2012 was keynote speaker at the first White House Summit on Environmental Education. His ninth book, “Vitamin N,” will be published in 2016. He is currently working on his tenth book, about the evolving relationship between humans and other animals. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather fish than write.
“Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder”
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation.
“The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age”
“We have created environments that make us sad, fat and unhealthy. Richard Louv has made an insightful diagnosis and offers powerful treatment with the medicine we all need, Vitamin N.” Richard J. Jackson, MD, Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health
“The Web of Life: Weaving the Values that Sustain Us”
In a collection of stories, discussion, and quotations, the author of “Childhood’s Future” examines the interconnections among all people; the links that make up family, community, and more; and the importance of memory and personal stories.
“Fly-Fishing for Sharks: An Angler’s Journey Across America”
For three years, journalist Richard Louv listened to America by going fishing with Americans. Doing what many of us dream of, he traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from trout waters east and west to bass waters north and south. “Fly-Fishing for Sharks” is the result of his journey, a portrait of America on the water, fishing rod in hand.
We Need an NRA for Nature
Published March 9, 2017 in Outdoor
It’s time to build an NRA for nature, an environmental conservation force comparable to the nation’s powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. A force capable of striking fear into the heart of, say, any climate-change-denying politician — Republican, Democrat or Independent. A handful of green groups aspire to that political power, and many have done a good job influencing regulatory policies, but I can’t recall the last time I read about an environmental or conservation group mounting a successful campaign to boot multiple members of Congress from office. Maybe it’s happened, but not often enough. And now the ante is upped. If political candidates aren’t afraid of environmentalism’s political power, what good is environmental activism?