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Healthy Parks = Healthy People? A Melbourne Conversation

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 13th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar

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Healthy Parks = Healthy People? Nature & the outdoor life. Conversations about parks, play, children, access to nature, wellbeing and the great outdoors.

Richard Louv identified a phenomenon: nature-deficit disorder. His book Last Child in the Woods has galvanized an international movement around the disconnection between children and nature. Steve Coleman leads Washinton DC’s 16-year-old alliance of public/private parks partnerships, which manages restoration, stewardship, and programming of their parks across the city. Mardie Townsend is involved, in collaboration with Parks Victoria and other partner organisations, in investigating the benefits of contact with nature for human health and wellbeing.


Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University;

Steve Coleman Executive Director, Washington Parks and People, USA;

Richard Louv Journalist, Author and chairman and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, USA.


Natasha Mitchell – Journalist and Presenter, ABC Radio National – All in the Mind.

Tue 13 Apr
6pm to 7.30pm, entry from 5.30pm
BMW Edge, Federation Square
All welcome,  No bookings required, Free entry

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