For immediate release: March 5, 2012

Rose Jenkins
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Richard Louv, the best-selling author who coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” is coming to Charlottesville to talk about ways that people of all ages can bring more nature into our lives. The event takes place on Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 P.M. at The Paramount.

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is bringing Louv to Charlottesville as part of its 40th anniversary celebration. Reflecting Louv’s influence in the field of education, local sponsors include two private schools, the Curry School of Education at UVa., and companies that design and build schools. 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.  

n 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.”

EC 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. The Charlottesville event is sponsored by VMDO Architects, Hess Construction and Engineering Services, The Curry School of Education, Mountaintop Montessori School, Albemarle Family Magazine, and the Field School of Charlottesville.

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