Nature Principal selected for Common Book 2012-13

Kristen Phillips

Reporter

The Common Book Program that was introduced this year will continue through the 2012-2013 school year. The Nature Principle by Richard Louv was the book decided on for Pierce’s 2012-2013 common book, as voted upon by faculty and the Common Book Committee.

“The immediacy of Richard Louv’s message in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized an international movement to reconnect children with nature. Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv reaches even further with a powerful call to action for the rest of us,” English Instructor Beth Stevens, facilitator of the Common Book committee, said.

In the book, Louv examines how our society’s dependency and reliance on technology makes people unable to comprehend the human capacities that are enhanced through the interaction with nature.

Louv supports his book with personal stories, evidence encapsulated by engaging anecdotes and substantial research.

As with this past year, the common book will serve as a book that students, faculty and administration all have a common experience with and will have the opportunity to read and engage in activities surrounding the book.

The intent is for instructors to use the book at their disposal and to be able to incorporate it into their classrooms and for students to incorporate the concepts into their lives.

“Louv shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds,” Stevens said. “Louv makes a convincing case that through a nature-balanced existence—driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions—the human race can and will thrive. This timely, inspiring and important work will give readers renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live.”

The new Common Book Committee for the 2012-2013 school year will begin meeting before the 2012 spring quarter is over.

Students interested in joining the committee for next year should email estevens@pierce.ctc.edu for information regarding the specific dates and roles of those on the committee.

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