Thursday, December 5, 7:00pm
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Richard Louv presents Our Wild Calling
“Richard Louv has done it again. A remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that we are animals in a world of animals.”—Bill McKibben
Richard Louv’s landmark book, Last Child in the Woods, inspired an international movement to connect children and nature and has now sold over half a million copies. Co-founder of the Children & Nature Network and winner of the Audubon Medal, Louv has become the expert on radically improving mental and physical health through our relationship to the natural world. In OUR WILD CALLING: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform our Lives—and Save Theirs, Louv redefines the future of human-animal coexistence by exploring our deep bonds with other animals and calling for a transformation in how we view, treat, and inhabit our environment.
In a world consumed by technology and constant digital communication, Louv says, “Our relationships with other-than-human beings can have a profoundly positive impact on our health, our spirit, and our sense of inclusiveness in the world.” Nearly everyone Louv interviewed had a story to tell about a life-changing interaction with an animal, from a beloved family pet to a chance encounter with wild animal, that moved them towards a greater understanding of the other species. At the center of these stories is what Louv has named the “habitat of the heart,” or the deep connection between a person and another animal, and how, through these connections, we can begin to heal ourselves and our wounded planet. OUR WILD CALLING makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures—not out of fear, but out of love.
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books. Translated into 20 languages, his books introduced the term “nature-deficit disorder,” and have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature. In addition to his role as a journalist and author, Richard Louv is co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement through partnerships with such organizations as the National League of Cities. Louv has written for the New York Times, Outside magazine, Sierra magazine, Orion Magazine, and Parents, among other publications, and he has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and others. He and his wife, Kathy Frederick Louv, are the parents of two young men, Jason and Matthew.