Earth Optimism Day in Cambridge to celebrate conservation success

PUBLISHED: 16:52 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:58 20 April 2017

Professor Andrew Balmford FRS, professor of Conservation Science. Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing St, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Professor Andrew Balmford FRS, professor of Conservation Science. Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing St, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

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World leading conservationists, including Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Steven Pinker, are gathering in Cambridge to celebrate #EarthOptimism on April 22

Given the crisis facing the natural world, it is all too easy sometimes to give up hope. Yet all over the globe, conservationists are winning hard-fought battles. Wetlands are being rebuilt, the deforestation of the Amazon is slowing down and numbers of some of our rarest plants and animals are increasing.

#EarthOptimism is a global movement that invites people to celebrate the many wins that the conservation movement has achieved for nature and inspire them to get involved in helping the planet.

Sir David Attenborough said, “While we cannot ignore the threats to nature, there are a growing number of examples of improvements in the health of species and habitats, along with benefits to human well-being, thanks to conservation action.

“But conservation cannot succeed through experts alone. The decisions that we all make in our day-to-day lives are critical for its success.”

Not only will the event host talks from a wide range of world-renowned conservationists and thought leaders, it also includes a Solutions Fair – open to the public – where visitors can find out how their behaviour and choices as consumers can affect the environment.

#Earth Optimism Cambridge is being hosted by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), the unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focused biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge.

One of the organisers is Professor Andrew Balmford, professor of conservation science at the University of Cambridge. He said: “The talks are all about inspiring you – that things are not all doom and gloom and that some things are getting better.

“The Solutions Fair is about helping people find ways in their own lives where they can really make a practical difference.”

Those unable to attend will be able to watch live streaming of all the speakers at: youtube.com/channel/UCJeZ-SUb7PlKlrx4mF-FUsg.

For more information, visit cambridgeconservation.org/earthoptimism.

The event in Cambridge is one of series of #EarthOptimism celebrations happening on Earth Day, which will unite people across the world, from Washington to Hong Kong.

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