Journalist and Author, Chair Emeritus - Children of Nature Network
"PLANET HOPE: Species Loneliness, Nature-Deficit Disorder and the Future of Life on Earth"
In his world, famous book "Last Child in the Woods" Richard Louv introduced the now much used term "nature-deficit disorder" to describe the human costs of alienation from nature. Now, in the face of COVID-19, our recovery depends not just on finding a vaccine but utilising the natural world to assist our coping and recovery. Richard will outline his recent book" Our Wild Calling" in which he makes a case for strengthening the bond between humans and other animals to transform our lives (and help save theirs) based on the growing body of evidence about animal intelligence and emotions. Nature counteracts the human afflictions of diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses, a rising rate of myopia, child and adult obesity, Vitamin D deficiency and many more. Physicians now write prescriptions for nature time and animal-assisted therapy is among the fastest-growing trends in health care. The current pandemic has triggered associated maladies like frustration, anxiety, social isolation, alcohol dependency, depression, family violence so how can nature help us deal with these stresses and aid our recovery?
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives - And Save Theirs, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family's Health & Happiness. His books have been translated and published in 24 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children, families and communities to nature. He is co-founder and Chair Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement.