James Hill – Shared Universe Foundation UK – ‘Gaslighting’ and The Starfish Programme
‘Newspaper boy, disc jockey, fork-lift truck driver, door-to-door salesman, stock jobbing, stock broking, corporate finance, construction, the Eiger Project, Warriors, accountancy, estate planning, heritage design, and philanthropy. I’ve looked in a lot of places to find meaning and purpose, but nothing has come close to my involvement with the Shared Universe Project. Rewilding pristine landscapes and making them safe, which is what we do, deals with the twin threats to endangered species of poaching and habitat destruction. Shared Universe provides people the opportunity to get directly involved and witness the difference they make. In the era of ‘alternative facts’ it becomes increasingly difficult to be confident about what to trust. Surely the last redoubt has to be the evidence of your own eyes and experience. Come and hear how you can connect directly to the work we do. You’ll discover why you matter.’
12:30 – 12:45
Sophie Pavelle – So what can being a girl in science and adventure look like?
Sophie speaks about what it’s like to be a 23 year old girl in the wonderful world of science, wildlife and adventure – why being an adventurous nature nut is cool and the importance of choosing a career in science at the moment and what opportunities it can offer after education. She’ll chat about her road to becoming a science communicator and her solo 300 mile expedition and the value of pushing yourself and gaining confidence as a young woman in this competitive industry.
13:00 – 13:15
13:30 – 13:45 – Hugh Warwick – Linescapes
Hugh Warwick is an ecologist and author with a particular passion for hedgehogs. For hedgehogs to thrive, however, they need more than just a couple of fine gardens, and this got him thinking about wider landscape issues – which evolved into his latest book, Linescapes – Remapping and Reconnecting Britain’s Fragmented Wildlife. His work delves deep into the ecosystems we share with nature, and also the human history that has created a landscape so governed by lines. Rob Macfarlane described Linescapes as “a manifesto-adventure-exploration-reflection that manages to be political, passionate, perceptive – and very funny.”
14:00 – 14:15 – Traci Lewis – Catalyse Change
Traci Lewis is a founder and director of Catalyse Change CIC, she will be talking about their programme and Green Careers, with an interactive session to explore the different skills and jobs needed to deliver the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals.
Catalyse Change CIC is a Bristol-based social enterprise supporting girls and young women to develop sustainability skills and knowledge for ‘healthy, happy and green’ communities, careers and planet.
15:00 – 15:45 – Jonathan Drori – Life of Trees
Jonathan Drori is a Trustee of The Eden Project, an Ambassador for the WWF and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The Woodland Trust. He is a self-confessed science and technology geek, with a passion for trees and environmental issues. In 2006 he was awarded a CBE.
Jonathan is now releasing his first book, Around the World in 80 Trees, and will be sharing fascinating stories of majestic trees from all over the globe at Bristol Festival of Nature.
16:00 – 16:15
16:30 – 16:45
Bristol Naturalists Society
17:00 – 17:15
Andy Mcleod – The Association of Science and Discovery Centre
Join Festival of Nature for a free, informative and fun afternoon of talks and stories celebrating the world’s most exciting wildlife. Presenters include wildlife celebrities, experts and volunteers from some of the region’s best known and loved organisations.
All talks are free and work on a first-come, first-served basis so make sure to swing by early to secure your space!