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
Nevada fifth-graders could get a free pass to state parks, and the parks themselves would get more dollars for maintenance under two new bills up for approval in the Senate. Assembly Bill 385, called the “Kids and Parks” bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Steve Yeager, hopes to give young people an opportunity to become accustomed to parks to enjoy the outdoors and get them outside and more active.The program would be administered by the Division of State Parks.
In Atlanta, the now defunct Georgia Dome will be razed later this year and transformed into a new urban park. Due to open in 2018, the 13-acre park will serve as year-round community green space for arts and culture events, entertainment and community activations. As part of ongoing revitalization efforts, the park aims to serve as a backyard for those living in the surrounding Westside Atlanta neighborhoods of Vine City and English Avenue.
In Mumbai, children’s play areas are on the decline, leaving them with extremely limited safe outdoor play options. According to the NCERT All-India Education Survey, about 75% of Mumbai schools do not have their own playgrounds. Additionally, the Mumbai Traffic Department seeks to develop over 50 acres of existing children’s play areas into pay-and-park facilities.
A partnership between Earth Day Canada and the city of Toronto launches a pilot initiative that allows neighborhoods to get a permit to transform residential streets into playing fields for children. The StreetPLAY pilot project is in part a response to a controversial bylaw forbidding street encroachment and imposing fines for such acts as leaving outdoor play equipment outside.
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.