Speaker: Richard Louv
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
This non-fiction book by author and journalist Richard Louv is about exposure of children to nature in American society and how this “nature-deficit-disorder” harms children and society. The book concludes that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of both children and adults.
Richard is the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal and the author of 7 books. He is chairman of the Children and Nature Network and honorary co-chair of the National Forum on Children and Nature. He has won awards from the San Diego Academy of Psychologists and the California Association for the Education of Young Children.
He was born in New York City and educated at the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He worked at the School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Richard has said, “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along the grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment we must also save an endangered species – the child of nature.”