Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Healthy Parks=Healthy People? - Featuring Richard Louv (Author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder"

Interesting stuff. You can listen to a good one-on-one conversation with Richard Louv at All in the Mind.

The three experts in these videos, along with moderator Natasha Mitchell, make a good argument (not that I need convincing) that nature spaces are crucial for human health and well-being.

In this Melbourne Conversations event, Healthy Parks=Healthy People?, three world authorities discuss the benefits of contact with nature for human health and well-being.

Acclaimed author Richard Louv has identified a phenomenon: nature-deficit disorder. His book Last Child in the Woods galvanized an international movement around the disconnection between children and nature; Steve Coleman leads Washington DC’s 16-year-old alliance of public/private parks partnerships, which manages restoration, stewardship, and programming of their parks across the city; and Mardie Townsend is involved, in collaboration with Parks Victoria and other partner organizations, in investigating the benefits of contact with nature for human health and well-being. The session is chaired by Natasha Mitchell (journalist and presenter, ABC Radio National's All in the Mind).

Presented by the City of Melbourne in collaboration with People & Parks Foundation and Sport and Recreation Victoria, Department of Planning and Community Development to coincide with the Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress.

BMW Edge, Melbourne, April 2010

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