As members of Audubon, we all know we love birds but, in January’s presentation we will hear more about why we need birds. On January 28, at 7:00p.m., Richard Louv will present PLANET HOPE: Species Loneliness, Nature-Deficit Disorder, and the Future of Life on Earth. Best known for his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv will present the accumulating evidence that exposure to nature is vital to our mental and physical well-being. The thought that lack of exposure to nature is detrimental to our health is incorporated in his concept of Nature-Deficit Disorder which posits that failure to experience nature is connected with 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 other maladies. Today, the Children & Nature Network pffers abstracts for more than 1,000 studies that validate these connections. Recognizing this, some physicians now write prescriptions for nature time. Animal-assisted therapy is among the fastest-growing trends in health care. We see a rapid increase in the number of nature-based preschools. And, increasingly, biophilic architects are weaving natural elements into workplaces, homes, neighborhoods, and cities. Biophilic design links nature connection to higher human productivity and creativity.
In his new book, Our Wild Calling, he makes the case that strengthening the bond between humans and other animals can transform our lives—and help save theirs.
This promises to be a fascinating presentation from a best-selling author on our favorite topic. If you want to join the Zoom meeting and see/hear what Richard has to offer us, sign up by entering your information below and you will receive a link. (If you’ve signed up for a previous Zoom event, no need — you’re already on our list!)