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Thursday, April 20 • 11:00 - 13:00
A new generation of environmental leaders embrace Whole Earth conservation LIMITED

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Even as prominent conservationists propose a Half Earth initiative to set aside 50% of the world for nature conservation, a new generation of environmentalists is succeeding with a different point of view. They base their research and actions on a Whole Earth concept that recognizes the central role that people play in conserving genetic diversity, cultivated and wild species and cultural landscapes, whether rural or urban. Since 2011, Global Diversity Foundation (www.global-diversity.org) has brought together academics and visionaries, activists and practitioners who explore this and other perspectives through events organised through its Global Environments Network (GEN; www.globalenvironments.org). In our session, we propose to change the discourse (or make the change) from Half Earth to Whole Earth by meeting and hearing the stories of GEN members from diverse countries, disciplines and sectors. They fit the bill of ‘budding and perennial conservationists’ who celebrate positive thinking and collaborate in new ways to create a roadmap for transformation. Our broad-ranging, interactive and we hope entertaining dialogue will weave in urban-rural biocultural diversity exchanges, foodways, art-for-social-change and community conservation, among other themes.

For this session, we have the following practical requirements:

- Cabaret-style seating arrangement for 40+ people
- AV, good internet connection, adaptors and multi-outlets

Special considerations: We will be Skyping individuals in from Asia and the Pacific for a panel discussion, so we need excellent internet connection. We will also be videoing the session, so need space to set up our kit, including multiple cords and adaptors.

avatar for Ugo D'Ambrosio

Ugo D'Ambrosio

Global Diversity Foundation
Ugo’s most recent post-doctoral work, in close collaboration with the Botanical Institute of Barcelona, the Botany Laboratory of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Barcelona and the Global Diversity Foundation, has revolved around Mediterranean ethnobotany and cultural... Read More →
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Ruth Krause

Journalist, Global Environments Network
I am an environmental journalist, Visual Anthropologist and keen member of the Global Environments Network. I am particularly interested in positive storytelling and new environmental narratives. For DW, Germany’s international TV station, I travel around to cover best-practice... Read More →
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Aili Pyhälä

Senior Lecturer in Development and International Cooperation, University of Jyväskylä
Aili has specialized in participatory processes, human-nature relations, cross-cultural perceptions of wellbeing, traditional and indigenous knowledge and rights, ecological footprints, and permaculture. She has extensive grassroots-level experience working with multiple indigenous... Read More →
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Nessie Reid

Creator, The Milking Parlour
Nessie Reid is a political ecologist and a performance artist with a focus on agroecology and organic farming in the South West of England, proposing the need for radical systemic change within our current food and farming system.As part of her studies, Nessie researched the role... Read More →
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Inanc Tekguc

Global Diversity Foundation
Coming from Cyprus, Inanc works as a photographer and videographer for Global Diversity Foundation, complementing his perspective with an MA in Visual Anthropology, which he studied at the University of Kent (UK), focusing on community-based conservation and biocultural diversity... Read More →
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Anna Varga

assistant research fellow, MTA Centre for Ecological Research
I am an ecologist, ethnobiologist researcher at Centre for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Science Academy in Hungary. I am assistant research fellow at the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Research Group. My work focus on silvopastoral systems, wood pastures, traditional ecological... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00 - 13:00 BST
The George Farha Auditorium The Laboratory, Ground Floor