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Richard Louv speaks about reconnecting with nature tonight

March 5, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Loyola Environmental Law Society are hosting the 23rd annual conference for the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, through Sunday, March 7. The conference is titled, “Staying Afloat: Adapting to Climate Change on the Gulf and Beyond.”

NAELS is a coalition of more than 50 law student groups that aims to connect, educate and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. NAELS is run by an annually-elected student governing board of its members, a board of directors and an executive director. This “solutions” conference will bring environmental scholars and experts together to explore adaptation to climate change and how people can live sustainably in the 21st century and beyond through environmental law.

This year’s featured keynote speaker will be Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder,” and founder of the Children & Nature Network. The network was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. Louv will speak tonight Friday, March 5 at 6:15 p.m. in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Louv is an author and journalist focused on nature, family and community. “Last Child in the Woods” has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature and has helped spawn a movement that is now moving into the international sphere. He has written for several newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal by the National Audubon Society.

Conference attendees also had the opportunity give back during a service trip on March 4. The service trip was part of the One Million Trees Project, Right Tree for the Right Place at the Right Time. This project, hosted by Bayou Rebirth, is a call to the legal community to plant one million trees over the next five years. On Sunday, March 7 at 10 a.m., the conference will conclude with a field trip to the Lower 9th Ward, led by Darryl Malik-Wiley, Sierra Club Environmental Justice Organizer. Stops include visits to homes built by the Make it Right Foundation and Global Green. The cost is $15 and lunch is included.

Another panel free and open to the public is “Staying Afloat: Adapting to Climate Change of the Gulf and Beyond,” on Saturday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. It take place in the St. Charles Room in the Danna Student Center.

Continuing Legal Education credit hours are available for attorneys on Friday and Saturday.

For questions or a full schedule of speakers and events, visit here or e-mail the Loyola Environmental Law Society at els@loyno.edu.

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