In his book ‘Last Child in the Woods’, Richard Louv coined the term ‘nature deficit disorder’ to highlight the growing disconnection between kids and nature. In his follow up book ‘The Nature Principle’ he says “the more high tech we become, the more nature we need.”
We interviewed Richard Louv as part of our series on environmental leaders. In researching his story, we found lots of great quotes from Richard – which articulate why we need to get kids into nature.
Last year I heard a speech by Professor Jeff Sachs which crystalised a lot of things for me. (Sachs is a Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.)
I’m giving a speech myself soon at The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. It’s for Design Week and it’s about ‘the importance of creativity for sustainability’. In preparing I’ve found myself coming back to Sachs’s talk at Sydney Uni.
Reason being Sachs puts the whole damn thing in context. He describes how we got to where we are now, how special our time is, and how we are at a watershed moment in human history where we’re going to have to make a fundamental shift to a sustainable economy.
In this post I’ve included a synopsis of the Sach’s speech and links to a podcast of it. I’ve also posted some notes from my proposition that creativity is going to be key in re-thinking and changing how we live.
Posted in Books, Climate change, Leaders, Phil Stubbs, Podcasts, What you can do
Tagged big ideas, change, creativity, Design Week, economy, environment, Environment Show, Jeff Sachs, Phil Stubbs, Powerhouse Museum, revolution, solutions, sustainability, sustainable, sustainable development, sustainable economy
Lots of people dream of making a ‘sea change’ to escape the rat race of the city. Some people even do it.
But how many leave with the intention of living sustainably? To live on the land, grow their own food, generate their own power and water, and even restore their new patch closer to its original, natural state. James Woodford and his family are working on just that.
Audio: Interview with James Woodford about his new book ‘Real Dirt’.
Posted in Agriculture, Books, Climate change, Consumerism, Podcasts, What you can do
Tagged audio, book, Books, environnment, interviews, James Woodford, journalists, podcast, Real Dirt, sea-change, sustainability
This is a review of the Sean Penn film Into the Wild. You may be interested in this one if you’ve ever had the itch to ditch your hum-drum routine and see the world. The real world. It includes an interview with author Jon Krakauer who wrote the original book.
Listen to the ‘Into the Wild’ film review.
Posted in Adventurers, Books, Editor's pick, Films, Podcasts, Wildlife
Tagged environment, film review, Into the Wild, podcast, Sean Penn, The Environment Show