Environmentally illiterate? Societal disconnection from nature in the city - Urban Ecology lecture
16 March 2012 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck College, University of London, Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7HX, UK.
Cities are for people not for nature, or so we are often told. There is an increasing body of evidence showing people's increasing disconnection from the natural world - not only a physical distance, but a metaphorical and psychological distance too - with potentially damaging impacts. Our urban communities are ever more diverse, more globally aware, and ever-better electronically connected. And an increasingly technological society, that seeks to protect us from the outside world, but emulate the more attractive parts of it virtually in a more pronounced and fantastical way, has consequences in terms of the values we place on nature, and how we choose to relate to it. What are the social and political aspects we need to consider in order to protect, conserve and promote the nature of our towns and cities in the future?
Speaker: Mathew Frith, Deputy Chief Executive of London Wildlife Trust
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Event organiser: Birkbeck Institute of Environment
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