Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard.
This new edition reflects the enormous changes that have taken place since the book was originally published. It includes:
- 100 actions you can take to create change in your community, school, and family.
- 35 discussion points to inspire people of all ages to talk about the importance of nature in their lives.
- A new progress report by the author about the growing Leave No Child Inside movement.
- New and updated research confirming that direct exposure to nature is essential for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder has spurred a national dialogue among educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists.
This is a book that will change the way you think about your future and the future of your children.
Click on the NPR Logo to listen to a brief interview with the author
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The money raised from the tax would go to things like helping farmers control soil erosion, creating and maintaining wildlife habitats and maintaining recreation trails and state parks.
Senate Joint Resolution 1 would reserve 3/8 of a cent of the next sales tax increase for natural resources funding. Estimates place the revenue from such a tax increase at $150 million per year.
The proposed constitutional amendment was approved last year, so approval this year by both the House and Senate would put the issue before Iowa voters in November 2010.
But even if voters approve the amendment the legislature would have to approve a new increase in the sales tax for it to bring in any money.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said previously that he opposes the idea of altering the Constitution for this type of purpose but believes the resolution will receive overwhelming support in the legislature this year.