THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT
Our co-founder and author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” and “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.”
Special Key Note Appearance by Richard Louv
Clinical Trends in Pediatric and Adolescent Health September 23 – 25, 2015 – San Diego, CA
Richard Louv will offer a book signing following his presentation at 12:30, September 24.
In the News
The city of Philadelphia is investing $500 million to reinvigorate its parks, libraries, playgrounds and recreation centers, and spread opportunity into all corners of the city. The program, called “Rebuild,” is paid for in part by a new tax on sugar-laden drinks. Philadelphia is the first big city to pass such a “soda tax” bill.
What may be the world’s largest nature playground, located in Adelaide’s Morialta Conservation Park, is nearing completion. The state government is spending close to $1 million to build the new playground, which formed part of the government’s $10.4 million plan to improve Adelaide’s national parks. The $900,000 space will include five new play areas, climbing boulders, and new paths.
Working in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, some Vermont doctors are writing prescriptions to get more people outside and exercising. The “Park Prescription” program, designed to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic health issues in patients and their families by encouraging exercise at state parks, offers a free pass to any Vermont State Park.
Salzburg Global Fellows from “The Child in the City” Program Publishes Statement on Importance of Parks and Play for Children’s Health
The Salzburg Global Fellows, a group of experts in urban planning, childhood development, conservation, environmental policy, and health, have called on leaders to ensure all children enjoy the right to safe, free play in a nature-rich space within a 10-minute walk from home. The call to action was part of a larger Salzburg Statement which outlines policies, practices, investments as well as actions that can transform cities for children. The Salzburg Global program The Child in the City: Health, Parks and Play is part of the multi-year Parks for the Planet Forum, a series held in partnership with the IUCN and Huffington Foundation.
Explore Austin's 2nd Annual Ascent Speaker Luncheon
Featured guest speaker, Juan Martinez, Director of Leadership Development and Natural Leaders Network for the Children & Nature Network, will inspire the audience with stories of his life changing journey from detention, to Ecology Club, to North Face Ambassador.