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On the Human-Animal Bond
December 17, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Richard Louv, Journalist, Author, and Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of Children and Nature Network
Our Wild Calling: how connecting to animals can transform our lives — and help save theirs. In his newest book released on November 5, Richard Louv explores the powerful and mysterious bond between humans and other animals, including both domestic and wild animals. He makes the case that deepening our connection with other animals, both wild and domestic, can improve our mental, physical and spiritual lives; serve as an antidote to the growing epidemic of human loneliness; and is essential to the preservation of life on Earth. We love our pets. We say we love nature. We talk about the threat to other life in an almost technical way, about endangered species, disappearing habitat, but we seldom consider what may be the greatest potential loss, at least to us: the mysterious bond we share with other animals – that most fragile connection that has no name, the whisper we may not miss until it is too late, that essence that may yet save us – and them.
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; and Vitamin N. Translated into 21 languages, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature.
In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Sir David Attenborough and President Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service.”
He is co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement.
He speaks frequently around the world, including keynote addresses presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, the first White House Summit on Environmental Education, the Congress of the New Urbanism, the International Healthy Parks Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China.
Louv has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications. and has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and other programs. Married to Kathy Frederick Louv, he is the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather hike than write.
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