Subject: Richard Louv on Children and Nature; meeting Monday
From: "Masino, Susan A."
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 16:30:22 -0400



1.  Bestselling author Richard Louv will discuss the growing gap between children and nature and its destructive implications:


"Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder."

When: Monday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Yale University, Becton Center Davies Auditorium, 15 Prospect Street, New Haven

The lecture is free and open to the public.


Gina McCarthy, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and Stephen Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, will present introductory remarks.  The lecture, based on Louv's 2005 book of the same name, will focus on the new body of scientific evidence demonstrating just how important direct contact with the outdoors is to healthy child development, and how nature can be a powerful therapy for depression, obesity and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

More information is available here:


2.  *******For those of you in Simsbury******* Monday night 4/23 – Board of Selectman meeting, Town Hall, 7PM.


3.  For those of you in Connecticut – the Face of Connecticut campaign was very disappointed that there was no funding for this visionary program - a tiny amount of money for open space and farmland, and nothing for historic preservation, in the current legislative budget.  Our information is that THERE IS, however, $1 million for the EWS land in the proposed state bonding for 2009.  The session is not over - there is still time to help the Face of Connecticut and restore funding for this initiative, and we need to make sure we secure that $1 million for 2009!


Call, write, or visit your legislator or specific legislative leaders NOW.  The Face of Connecticut is important, and its initiatives need restored and sufficient funding.

When you call or write, add your support for the EWS property.


House Democrats                      1-800-842-8267

House Democratic Leadership     1-800-842-1902

House Republicans.                   1-800-842-8270

House Republican Leadership     1-800-842-1423

Senate Democrats                     1-800-842-1420

Senate Republicans                   1-800-842-1421


All committee memberships and contact information is available through:



See you Monday!


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