Louv to speak on Nature-Deficit Disorder
Posted on 7 Oct 2009 by Liz Barrett
Richard Louv, bestselling author and the one responsible for the phrase “Nature Deficit Disorder,” started an international movement with his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder (Algonquin). The book explores the mental and physical benefits of youth spending time in nature and the scary facts around what could happen if we lose that connection. He’s shared his message on the Today Show, the Diane Rehm Show, the CBS Evening News, and others have covered his message in the New York Times, Washington Post, People Magazine, Outdoor Magazine and much more. And now, he’s coming to Charlotte, to um, share his message (event is free and open to the public) and help kick off our own local efforts to get more kids outside. You can read a Q&A with Louv in today’s Charlotte Observer.
With our nation up in arms about the costs and inefficiencies of our health and education systems, it could do us all some good to listen to Louv tell us to, “Get outside!” and in turn, start some preventative medicine. As he’ll explain, a little time in natural areas can help learning disabilities, depression, obesity, focus, creativity, and character development. Plus, nature is fun!
So take your lunch break outside next Wednesday, in Charlotte’s great wide open, Freedom Park, and listen to Richard Louv speak. Grateful Growers Farm, a local farm committed to growing organic produce, will be on site to sell lunch from their Harvest Moon Grille mobile unit. After the talk, the Carolina Raptor Center will release a rehabilitated raptor back into the wild.
When: Wed., Oct. 14, 9 a.m. — 10 a.m.
Where: On your radio, WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks”