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Climate Change II – Friday 21 August 4-5pm
After the clear success of last years’ climate change debate at Birdfair in the main events marquee, alongside a keen recognition by the organisers that there was so much more to be discussed, we will once again tackle the topic at Virtual Birdfair 2020. Indeed, it seems fitting that a Virtual Birdfair (minus travel) will discuss this most pressing of public and political questions.
However, this year, the debate will openly embrace some broader ideas on ideas like sustainable tourism and responsible travel, in an age of mass extinction and climate breakdown. Do the answers to a brighter future for nature and people on planet Earth lie in the legal and political world, in sociocultural change, in technological advances, the rise of green economies or from the power of bottom up campaigning, especially by young people? How do we promote new forms of travel, like ecotourism, that generate financial benefits for local conservation alongside stimulating ecological education, in a world that is openly questioning the need for high-carbon travel?
The expert panel includes a climate scientist at a leading world research centre, pioneers of sustainable wildlife tourism, a young campaigning voice and an international policy maker from the travel industry.
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The event will be chaired by Dr Rob Lambert at the University of Nottingham, ably assisted by Lucy McRobert.
Our expert and passionate panel is :
Dr Jeff Price is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Vice Chairman of the Trustees at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Climate Change at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director and Senior Scientist for Climate Change Adaptation for World Wildlife Fund, U.S. As coordinator of the Wallace Initiative he has overseen the modelling of the potential impacts of climate change on ~130,000 terrestrial species at warming levels of 1.5 – 6°C. He was a Lead Author on the IPCC 3rd, 4th and 6th Assessment Reports, and the Technical Paper on Climate Change and Biodiversity, for which he shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. His paper on the potential impacts of climate change on the birds of Colorado features in the murder mystery ‘Death of a Songbird’ by Christine Goff.
For Simon Tonkin and Niki Williamson, work together in UK farmland bird conservation with the RSPB led to involvement with projects in sustainable agriculture in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Senegal and The Gambia, working on ways to use market forces to drive habitat conservation, and understanding the profound effect of farming on land use and the Climate Crisis. They now run Inglorious Bustards – an eco-tourism company based in Tarifa, southern Spain, at the epicentre of the East Atlantic Flyway. Through the concept of #FlywayBirding, they strive to eliminate the bad and maximise the good in travel, by implementing practical ways to ensure true eco-tourism creates positive change for nature in their destinations.
Elouise Mayall – Local Conference Of Youth Working Group & Age of Youth Campaign at UK Youth Climate Coalition. Elouise is a recently graduated ecologist, climate activist and member of the UK Youth Climate Coalition – an organisation which creates campaigns, resources and events to mobilise and empower young people to take positive action for global climate justice.
Twitter is @ukycc
Denise Landau combines her love of natural history and expedition travel with a focus on environmental protection and education. Denise owns an environmental consulting company-working on projects on multiple continents. She is the President of “Friends of South Georgia Island” (www.fosgi.org) and is also a Trustee for the Scottish charity, South Georgia Heritage Trust (www.sght.org). Both Sub-Antarctic South Georgia organizations are actively involved in overseeing a highly respected and successful Habitat Restoration projects and we successfully rid South Georgia of rodents in order to restore its bird populations—back to its original numbers. She was Acting President and is on the Board of Governors for the American Polar Society www.aps.org and founding /board member of Linking Tourism and Conservation (www.ltandc.org) and a fellow for the Canadian Royal Geographical Society and looking at how to create projects in order to benefit all organizations she’s involved in.
Denise has a Bachelor of Science in Field Natural History and Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University and has been able to combine her love for adventure, wildlife and wilderness and at the same time developing strategic conservation management policies and working on a governmental level to implement such policies worldwide. She has been actively involved in building bridges between the cruise tourism industry, governments and environmental groups for the last 30 years. Until 2008 she had been the Executive Director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)-an organization, which has set the highest environmental operating standards within a self-regulatory regime anywhere in the world. As a result of her many years of work within the industry she was awarded by the US government in 2009- a glacier named in her honor, located in the Antarctic Peninsula-the “Landau Glacier”. In 2017, the U.K government also acknowledged the glacier and placed its name in the UK gazetteer.
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