Join us to celebrate #EarthOptimism in Cambridge on 22 April 2017
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, Helsinki and Panama in a global movement of #EarthOptimism.
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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.
All talks will take place in the Babbage Lecture Theatre in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge. Attendance at the talks is free but booking is required. Links to the Eventbrite booking site are included in the Stories of Hope programme, below.
Session 1: Conservation and the real world
Conservation and the real world
Dr Jane Goodall DBE
More fun, less stuff
Professor Tim Jackson
How the incredible power of plants can save the world
Hope for the Critically Endangered slippery frog
David Amaning Kwarteng
Session 2: Conservation campaigns
Fighting to win - protecting nature and the countryside
Dame Fiona Reynolds
Fish Forever in the Philippines - replicating a solution that works
Saving the albatross
Building capacity for gorilla conservation in Cameroon
Mbunya Francis Nkemnyi
Session 3: Conservation & communities
Recovering and reconnecting with the Essex oyster
Dr Philine zu Ermgassen & William Baker
How to become a naturalist - a lesson in biodiversity education
Dr Dan Danahar
Engaging people in recording wildlife
Professor Helen Roy
Conservation education in Madagascar
Session 4: Special places
How Brazil slowed Amazon deforestation by 80% in 10 years
A blue sort of green: the surge in marine protection
Dr Mark Spalding
The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project
Living with jaguars: an example of co-existence in Colombia
Session 5: Saving species
Is conservation making the world a better place?
Reclaiming South Georgia
Professor Tony Martin
Bringing birds back from the brink
Dr Debbie Pain
Sir David Attenborough
Session 6: Evening plenary
Human progress and Enlightenment environmentalism
Professor Steven Pinker
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. At the Solutions Fair, part of #EarthOptimism Cambridge, will be a dynamic, interactive series of stands, activities and events for all ages, providing information about the choices everyone can make in their lives to take positive actions for the planet.
The Fair is divided into four zones: 'Going Wild'; 'Buying Smart'; 'Eating Well'; and 'Bright Ideas', along with a venue dedicated to pop-up speakers, storytelling and performance. The Fair will take place in and around the David Attenborough Building on Saturday 22 April, between 10:00-17:00.
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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, Helsinki and London.