Don’t miss a special day of talks about conservation and the environment
When it comes to nature conservation, we hear a lot of bad news. Stories of deforestation, extinction, pollution, alarming carbon emissions and rapidly diminishing natural resources abound. But as we move into 2017, for all the unrest that may be reverberating around the globe, the fight to protect the natural world gathers momentum and strength – and that’s exactly what Earth Optimism wants to shout about.
Taking place at the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge next month, Earth Optimism is geared towards celebrating what’s working in conservation and why. It offers a chance to find out how you can become involved in saving our planet and hear a message of positivity from leading conservationists, naturalists and celebrities. On 22 April, members of the public are invited to join the Cambridge Conservation Initiative as they welcome inspiring speakers including renowned psychologist and author Steven Pinker, who will present a vision of how society can change for the better. Guests will hear stories of planetary positivity from Madagascar’s mangroves to the countryside of Cambridgeshire, tales of critically endangered species being brought back from the brink, waste removed from the ocean and forests restored.
“The most precious thing we have in this world is the natural world”
The good news is there, the Cambridge Conservation website reminds us, you just need to know where to look. Deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon have slowed to a third of that in 2004, carbon emissions have not risen for a third consecutive year and numbers of some of our planet’s rarest creatures, from blue whales to bitterns, are on the rise – be spurred on by these nuggets of positivity and support projects which can create more good news, say the organisers.
At the Solutions Fair, you can learn about actions you can take in your everyday life to make a real and lasting difference to the planet. Dynamic and interactive, there will be activities for all ages and stalls offering practical advice on things you can do to make a positive impact, from choosing the right food to saving energy and water at home.