Nature is Not Out There: Changing Our Conservation Paradigm
Conservation policies of the past few centuries have been focused on “preserving” special places or designating specific lands for the protection of nature and wildlife. Much good has been accomplished by doing so. But what are the consequences, especially for biodiversity and ecosystem functions, of a perspective that suggests nature is “out there”, somewhere away from where we spend our daily lives? Claudia will use her own property in Cambridge as a case study – sharing her passion for her largely native urban garden and the many fauna that rely on it as way to consider a new framework to inform conservation efforts.
Ms. Thompson is an experienced teacher and environmental educator. She has served as the Director of Education for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Director of Drumlin Farm for Mass Audubon, and worked for several other environmental organizations including as a board member for the New England Wild Flower Society.
Ms. Thompson has a BA in Biology/Environmental Studies from the University of Rochester; a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design; and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School with a concentration in environmental policy and nonprofit management.
Schedule of Events
1:00 to 1:30 — Business Meeting
1:30 to 2:00 — Refreshments & Fellowship
If your last name begins with the letters A-N, please bring refreshments to share.
2:00 to 3:30 — Guest Speaker: Claudia Thompson, Founder and President of Grow Native Massachusetts