26 February 2007

Nature Deficit Disorder

Many of us grew up exploring woods and natural areas near our childhood homes. I personally spent hours on end away from my parents playing in creeks and woods. Unfortunately most of these places I once enjoyed are gone, covered with sprawl. Fear of neighbors, traffic and liability has resulted in more and more children cut-off from the natual world.

There is a group in Cincinnati forming to end this trend. They are bringing author Richard Louv to speak. His talk, which was cancelled because of snow, will be rescheduled later this year.

An Evening with Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder". Children's worlds, limitless in cyberspace, are shrinking in reality. Louv will speak about the growing disconnect between children and nature and will offer simple, practical suggestions to reverse that trend. In addition to Richard Louv, the program will feature a panel of local experts in the areas of health, education, safety and the role of technology in raising healthy children.

Hopefully he will address children in the urban environment.

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