Wonderful to see so many active and engaged folk at last night’s Action for Nature event, funded by UK Research and Innovation.
The evening explored how everyone can rise to challenges we are facing from the climate and ecological crisis, through inspiring talks, debate and discussion.
Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers kicked off our lightening talks by sharing UWE research on the ecological and climate crisis. Not just resting on her professional laurels, Laura imparted how she’s been involved in positive action as a parent and community member.
During the second talk, Bristol Water’s Michelle Davies spoke about how corporations can and should be doing more for the environment, commenting that “CSR is for wimps”!
Environmental journalist and Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, Zion Lights followed by calling for system change, exploring the power of individuals as part of a collective voice.
Our final speaker of the evening, Avon Wildlife Trust’s George Cook inspired all by communicating the importance of not failing young people by allowing them to lose their connection with nature. A problem being addressed by the Trust’s Our Bright Future project.
The following panel discussion, explored questions and ideas prompted by the talks, giving all an opportunity to consider our future actions for nature.
The Festival of Nature team has been buzzing with ideas from all the people that contributed to discussions. We hope to meet with more individuals, looking to make a difference, at our Festival of Nature and Bristol Nature Network Volunteer Relaunch. The free event on the 12th March will focus on what you want to see happening in Bristol and share opportunities to get involved in 2020.
Festival of Nature is the UK’s largest public celebration of the natural world. Join us between the 24th April – 7th June 2020, find out more at www.festivalofnature.org.uk