22 April 2017
David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK

Given the crisis facing nature, it is all too easy to give up hope. Yet, around the globe we are winning the fight to protect the natural world. Deforestation is slowing down. Wetlands are being rebuilt. Numbers of some of our rarest creatures are on the rise. People are making this change happen. Stand with us on Earth Day 2017 to celebrate what is working and why. Discover how every one of us can become more involved in the fight to protect the natural world as we join hands with people in Cambridge, Washington, London and Panama in a global movement of #EarthOptimism.

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The day will be filled with inspiring talks by leading conservationists, popular naturalists, and celebrity figures ... more

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Programme: Stories of Hope

The day will be filled with inspiring talks by leading conservationists, popular naturalists, and celebrity figures. We will find out what is happening in the Cambridgeshire countryside and in pioneering British schools, and we will journey from the Amazon to Madagascar’s mangroves. Our experts will explain how people are bringing critically endangered species back from the brink, restoring forests and removing waste from our oceans.

Speakers will include Jane Goodall, who will open #EarthOptimism with a message of hope, and renowned Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker, who will close the event by explaining how society can change for the better.

Solutions Fair: where you can make a difference

Conservation cannot succeed through experts alone. Your support and the decisions you make about your day-to-day lives are critical for success. The Solutions Fair will be dynamic and interactive, with activities for people of all ages. Stalls will offer practical things you can do to make a positive impact such as saving energy and water at home, and choosing the right food.

You will be empowered with the knowledge of how every individual can take small positive steps. Together, this will make a big difference and increase our ability to live more sustainably and in closer harmony with the natural world.

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#EarthOptimism Cambridge is just one of a series of events taking place around the world on Earth Day 2017. Have a look at the sister events happening in Washington and London.