Photo: A prescription for a happier, healthier Toronto

David Suzuki and Richard Louv are speaking with Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki Foundation on June 14 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. (Credit: jacob earl)

By Faisal Moola, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada

Next Thursday I will be sitting on stage in an awesome building with two absolutely amazing people.

Seated to one side, I will have Dr. David Suzuki. If you are reading this blog, you probably already know about "the doc" — renowned scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.

In the other seat will be celebrated author Richard Louv.

In Canada, Richard Louv hasn't yet become a household name. But south of the border he has been making serious waves. His New York Times bestselling book Last Child in the Woods sparked a debate that spawned a movement to reconnect kids to nature.

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In his most recent book, The Nature Principle, Louv argues that the future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and leaders who understand the transformative power of nature and balance the screen time with green time. And last month he gave the closing keynote at the first ever White House Summit on Environmental Education.

To sweeten the pot, these two luminaries will join me for a fireside chat in a brilliant building that houses some of the most inspired architecture and art in the country, the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Just down the hall from the Picassos and stunning Frank Gehry-designed spiral staircases, we will spend the evening discussing the rapidly growing body of evidence that reveals nature is good for the health and wellbeing.

Not surprisingly, the event, sponsored by The Co-operators, is already sold out. If you don't have tickets already, don't worry. We will be creating a video from the evening and sharing that in the coming weeks.

And while you wait, I encourage you to join the 30×30 Challenge. For the next 30 days, join hundreds of Canadians in getting your daily dose of nature by spending at least 30 minutes outside.

And for the month of June, we encourage folks to share photos of your dose of nature with us through our 30×30 Flickr Photo Contest, sponsored by our friends at Interface. Each week in June we will be awarding prizes for the best photos that capture the spirit of the challenge.

June 6, 2012

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Feb 07, 2013
5:30 PM

I agree with everything I read here. I would like to distribute my book titled “Expressions of Nature Through Photography and Word”. It would get kids excited about nature , and ready to go outdoors and experience it first-hand. I’m ready to donate copies of my book wherever it could do the most good. I don’t mind giving out my email address for this purpose.

Feb 04, 2013
6:03 PM

This is really cool. I like to know that there is home insurance in Calgary that is actually a viable option.

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