“Nature Deficit Disorder”

It’s a long way from, well, anywhere, but if you happen to be in Borrego Springs Saturday night, writer Richard Louv is giving a talk about “how the lack of contact with nature has impacted a child’s cognitive development, physical development and spiritual development,” according to Deborah Knapp of the Anza-Borrego Institute. From the Press-Enterprise advance story on the talk:

“It’s not an exercise in nostalgia,” said … Louv in a recent phone interview from San Diego. “For tens of thousands of years, children worked or played in nature. Within two or three decades, that may be over.”

Louv said studies show that conservationists and environmentalists all had a “transcendent experience in nature” when they were children.

“We take that chance away from a large part of generations — where do the future stewards of the earth come from?”

Louv has been on a book tour to promote Last Child in the Woods, his book on “nature deficit disorder.” (I’m sure this is a first for Borrego Springs, to be considered a book tour stop. Hey, people do live there, especially this time of year!) Louv also writes a regular column for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Anza-Borrego Institute is a part of the Anza-Borrego Foundation, whose mission is to promote conservation in the Anza-Borrego State Park — at 600,000 acres, the largest desert state park in the continental U.S.

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