Rich Louv

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Rich is the author of seven books about the connections between family, nature, and community. His most recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, was translated into 9 languages and published in 13 countries, and has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature.

Louv is also the chairman and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement to connect today’s children and future generations to the natural world. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder™ which has become the defining phrase of this important issue.

In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson and President Jimmy Carter. Louv is also the recipient of the 2007 Cox Award, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service” and has been a Clemson visiting professor. He was recently named Honorary Co-chairman, with Canadian artist Robert Bateman, of Canada’s national Children and Nature Alliance.

Louv has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation.

Richard is married to Kathy Frederick Louv and the father of two young men, Jason and Matthew. He would rather fish than write.

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