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THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT

THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT

Commentary by Richard Louv

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.”

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Richard Louv is a journalist, author and a leading voice in the New Nature Movement. Louv created the term nature-deficit disorder to describe the negative consequences when children,adults and communities move away from frequent contact with the natural world. Louv is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network.

PISCES FOUNDATION: People and Nature Thriving Together

Pisces Foundation, a California-based philanthropy led by a vision of people and nature thriving together, is a Presenting Sponsor of the Children & Nature Network 2017 International Conference.  Pisces’ collaborations with C&NN include projects such as...

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.

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Access to Nature Reduces Depression and Obesity, Finds European Study

A study team of 11 researchers at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) found that nature is an under-recognized healer, offering multiple health benefits from allergy reductions to increases in self-esteem and mental wellbeing. The study found that people living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants. The study team spent a year reviewing more than 200 academic studies for the report, which is the most wide-ranging probe yet into the dynamics of health, nature and wellbeing.

Children Who Play Outside More Likely to Protect Nature as Adults

A new study from the University of British Columbia suggests that developing positive experiences in nature at a young age can influence attitudes and behaviors towards nature as adults. The study researchers interviewed 50 university students between the ages of 18 to 25. Of the group, 87 percent of study respondents who played outside as children expressed a continued love of nature as young adults. Of that group, 84 percent said taking care of the environment was a priority.

Connecting Kids to Nature through Skiing

The New Jersey-based National Winter Activity Center (NWAC), a nonprofit geared toward raising the next generation of skiers and boarders, hopes to help urban youth learn the sport. Now in its third season, NWAC has grown from 800 kids in 2016 to 1,100 in 2017 and is now a laboratory for youth sports and wellness

In Chicago and Philadelphia, the Difference a Park Makes

Chicago and Philadelphia are at the forefront of a growing, big-city trend of developing parks and public spaces for social and economic benefits. Aided by a longstanding tax that goes directly to parks, Chicago has been undertaking a major parks and open space program, upgrading neighborhood playgrounds and recreation centers, scooping up acres of disused land for new green areas and repurposing large swaths of formerly industrial waterfront.

Explore Austin's 2nd Annual Ascent Speaker Luncheon

The 2nd Annual Ascent Speaker Luncheon
Thursday, October 1, 2015
11:30am – 1:00pm 
JW Marriott Austin

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.

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