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City Club of Cleveland - Nature-Deficit Disorder
Richard Louv
Author, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

Richard Louv, a futurist and journalist focused on family, nature and community, will be speaking about his most recent book "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder."

In "Last Child in the Woods," Louv argues that with increased emphasis on technology and structured play, children live a denatured childhood. He calls for a return to an awareness of and appreciation for the natural world. Not only can nature teach kids science and nurture their creativity, nature needs its children to be its future stewards. Louv sees the restorative power of nature and provides many ideas for change.

Louv is an advisor to the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award program and the Scientific Council on the Developing Child and a visiting scholar at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is also a partner in The Frameworks Institute, a member of the Citistates Group, an association of urban observers, and a founder of Connect for Kids, the largest child advocacy site on the web.

Louv appearances include NPR's Morning Edition, The Morning Show on CBS, Good Morning America, Today, Bill Moyers' Listening to America, NPR's Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News. The United Nations commissioned his monograph on fatherhood for the U.N. Year of the Child.

Author of six other books, Louv is a columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and others. He also served as a columnist and member of the editorial advisory board for Parents magazine, and as a commentator on Monitor Radio.

In partnership with the Anne Mulligan Marcus Fund of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
September 25, 2006