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Leading Conservation Author Speaking On South Coast Talks About Battle To Connect Kids With Nature

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An internationally known author and journalist focused on the relationship between humans and nature speaking on the South Coast this week says we are facing a huge crisis right now. Richard Louv has written more than a half dozen books on conservation issues. 

He says it's essential we tackle climate change and biodiversity issues.   And, he is especially focused on a third issue, something he's coined as “nature-deficit disorder,” to describe what he says is a growing gap involving children, and their interaction with nature.

Louv is the keynote speaker at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Eight Annual Conservation Symposium, which takes place Saturday.

The author says given the political climate in Washington, D.C., this is an especially tough time for the conservation movement. Louv has written a new book, called “Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives, and Save Theirs."

The author, and journalist talks about action he thinks we can, and should be taking to help, and even help nature reclaim some of that it’s lost.

The day long Conservation Symposium in Santa Barbara is called “Children in Nature: Prescription for a Healthy Planet,” and will feature more than a half dozen speakers. It will take place from 10-4 Saturday, at the Santa Barbara County Education Office. People can get registration information at:

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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