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Nationally-renowned author and environmental advocate Richard Louv spoke to over 200 members of the Southcoast Outdoor Network and members of the public at Tifereth Israel Congregation in New Bedford on March 29, 2012. Author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, Louv spoke on the diminishing human connection with nature and how communities and individuals can work together to change that. Louv is the founding chairman of the Children and Nature Network, an organization connecting today’s children and future generations to the natural world. Louv coined the term 'Nature Deficit Disorder' which has become the defining phrase for the increasing disconnection between children and the natural world around them. The newly-formed Southcoast Outdoor Network is a regional coalition of organizations connecting individuals, families, and communities with the natural world here on the South Coast. Click here for a twenty-minute video of the event. Click here to see photos of a reception held for Louv prior to the presentation. For more information on outdoor activities and events in the South Coast, go to the Southcoast Outdoor Network on Facebook.com.

(Top row, left) Deborah Baker of Baker Books in Dartmouth sells copies of two of Louv's books, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods. (Top row, center and right) Trustees of Reservations Education Director Linton Harrington arranges a coyote skin before showing a turtle shell to a young man. (Row two, left) A student looks over some of the material that Fall River Mass in Motion Coordinator Julianne Kelly has on display. (Row two, right) Fall River City Councilor Dave Dennis talks with YMCA Southcoast Vice-President of Operations Nancy Bonell before the talk begins. (Row three) Following his talk, Mr. Louv solicits questions from the audience and takes one from a young man who is part of the National Park Service Youth Ambassador Program. (Bottom row, left) Mass Audubon Allens Pond Sanctuary Director Gina Purtell asks Louv if he would consider writing a book for teens to help them connect with nature. (Bottom row, right) Louv signs books for audience members.

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