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For immediate release: March 5, 2012

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Richard Louv, the best-selling author who coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” is coming to Leesburg to talk about ways that people of all ages can bring more nature into our lives. The event takes place on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00 P.M. at Tuscarora High School.

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is bringing Louv to Leesburg as part of its 40th anniversary celebration. The Environmental Explorations classes at Tuscarora High School are closely involved, incorporating Louv’s work into their spring curriculum and creating an exhibit to show at the event.  Because of the health benefits of spending time in nature, which are explored in Louv’s work, Inova Loudoun Hospital is sponsoring the event. PEC is also working with local partners to follow the talk with a series of outdoor events—converting ideas into a real-life, local movement to help people and nature reconnect.

Louv is the founding chairman of the Children and Nature Network and recipient of the Audobon Medal. In the groundbreaking national best-seller Last Child in the Woods, he describes an increasing separation between children and the natural world , a trend that he connects to childhood obesity, attention deficit disorder, emotional stress, diminished creativity, and lost opportunities for spiritual experience.  

In his newest book, The Nature Principle, Louv expands his focus to address adults’ need for nature, and he offers a vision of a world where more nature is intertwined with our daily lives. Louv talks about this vision in the film Mother Nature’s Child: “When you start thinking about schools and workplaces and homes and neighborhoods and cities that, actually, through the infusion of nature into everyday life, become happier and healthier and smarter places… You talk to a self-respecting, creative sixteen year old about that future, and their eyes light up.”

PEC President Chris Miller says, “For the last 40 years, we’ve been empowering people to act on their love for the land—with outstanding results, including almost 350,000 acres of private conservation land. The strong connection that people feel with the natural world makes all of our work possible. In return, the places we are protecting continue to offer opportunities for people to connect with nature—and lead happier, healthier lives.  So, curing Nature Deficit Disorder is a natural tie-in for The Piedmont Environmental Council.”

PEC is bringing Louv to give two talks in the region, in Leesburg  on March 14 and in Charlottesville on March 15.

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