Rethinking nature, rethinking us

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Thursday 4 November 2021

17.30 light refreshments, 18.00 lecture begins

From Gilbert White, through Charles Darwin, Rachel Carson and EO Wilson to Partha Dasgupta, modern writers and thinkers have been trying to make sense of nature and to understand where we fit in. Where once such questions would have been the realm of philosophy, theology and science, today they challenge our everyday behaviour, lifestyle choices and political resolve.

This lecture will take place as world leaders thrash out solutions for the climate crisis at the UN Climate Convention in Glasgow, and prepare for the UN Biodiversity Convention summit in Kunming, China next year. Rethinking nature and our relationship with it is not new: it is perhaps the oldest and most universal concern. But the stakes, and the urgency, have never been greater than they are today.

Laurence Rose is a leading wildlife conservationist and author who has worked in more than twenty countries to save species from extinction and defend the most important places for wildlife. After more than three decades in mainstream conservation he is using his writing to challenge government, society and the conservation sector itself to adopt a more radical, urgent approach. His books The Long Spring (published in 2018), Framing Nature – conservation and culture (October 2020) and Leopard Moon Rising – distant views of India, (May 2021) all explore the relationship between people and the rest of nature through a cultural lens.

This Foundation Lecture is hosted by our Dean of Spiritual Life, The Revd Dr Terry Biddington, and will launch the University's new partnership with Gilbert White's House and Gardens.

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