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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.

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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‘Kids in Parks’ Bill Flies through Nevada Senate Committee

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.

Atlanta’s Newest Public Park

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.

Access to Play a Challenge in Mumbai

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.

Project Aims to Make Toronto Streets More Child-Friendly

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

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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