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Connecting to Nature as a Pathway to Social and Emotional Healing

Broadcast on February 12, 2023
With Richard Louv
Hosted by Daniel Sunshine

Join Richard Louv as he explores why connecting with nature is essential for healthy childhood social and emotional development. He shines light on Nature-Deficit Disorder and ways that educators can promote a healthy connection between their students and the planet. He also shares his vision for how the twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The definition of Nature-Deficit Disorder and how it impacts students today
  • Practices to help educators better connect their students with nature
  • Discussion points to inspire students to talk about the importance of nature in their lives
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Richard Louv

Author of "Last Child in the Wood;" "Our Wild Calling;" "Vitamin N"

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. Translated into 24 languages, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature. His most recent book is Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs.

He is co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit, which supports a new nature movement.

In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Sir David Attenborough, and President Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service.” 

He speaks frequently around the world, including keynote addresses presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, the first White House Summit on Environmental Education, the Congress of the New Urbanism, the International Healthy Parks Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China.  

Louv has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine, and many other publications. and has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and other programs. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather hike than write.

Richard Louv