Upcoming Speaking Events

“Nicola Peel is a highly acclaimed international speaker on the challenges of environmental sustainability and the creation of grassroots solutions to problems left behind by global corporations.

Sharing her extensive experience in working collaboratively with the scientific, entrepreneurial and local communities around  the world, Nicola brings to life the challenges of indigenous people living with the effects of global pollution with wry humour and deep empathy expressed through practical solutions.

Nature as Teacher

1st February 2021 16.00-17.00

 

Nature has the answers we just have to ask the right questions.

After billions of years of evolution Nature has worked out what works and how to be the most efficient possible whilst using minimal resources.

The new science of biomimicry looks at natures designs, systems and functions. This helps engineers and architects, biologists and fashion designers, computer programmers and business leaders to create a new kind of future. A world where we learn from nature, how to live in harmony and replicate what works.

In our modern lives we don’t often spend much time outside and although we may look and learn about Nature we don’t ask enough questions and actually learn from Nature.

So this talk and activity will be about you finding a new way to look at the world around you. Becoming more inquisitive, asking questions and seeing what you can learn from. I will show some of the latest exciting short videos with examples of how biomimicry is being used in the world. You will then see what you could design inspired by Nature .

It is an exciting world of possibilities and we have only just starting embracing this new way of learning.

Biomimicry gives us, especially the young, a sense of hope and awe, to see the future in a different way. To realise the more we know the less we know but the answers are all around us.

Thanks to the South Downs National Park for supporting this event.

Bookings at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nature-as-teacher-tickets-123659766691

This Is What Biodiversity Looks Like

1st March 2021 19.00-20.00 GMT

 

A photographic journey into the world of biodiversity

From indigenous communities in the Amazon to the Los Cedros Biological reserve we will take a journey to Ecuador.

Nicola Peel has been working in the Ecuadorian Amazon for 20 years on a number of environmental and social projects.

2020 was a year like no other. Due to Covid all flights out of Ecuador were cancelled and she was locked down for almost 5 months in the12,000 acre Los Cedros Reserve.

A Key Biodiversity Area, the Choco in western Ecuador is a little known hotspot.

Nicola will speak about what it was like to be locked down in one of the most incredible intact ecosystems on Earth, where numerous critically endangered species still live, like the last troupe of brown headed spider monkeys , spectacled bears, pumas, over 800 species of moths, 300 species of birds and countless orchids.

During her stay, Nicola’s skills which won her the Campaigner of the Year at the PEA award were brought into action. Los Cedros was to be threatened by mining of gold and copper. This case would end up in the highest court of the land where the Ecuadorian constitution which lists the Rights of Nature was to be tried.

Working with a team of scientists and economists Nicola spoke at the court giving an economic value to the reserve. How can we put a price on Nature and what was the journey to get there?

Bookings at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/this-is-what-biodiversity-looks-like-tickets-137095443161https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nature-as-teacher-tickets-123659766691

Why Does Nature Matter?

Fantastic to speak with Ian Redmond OBE about his work in Africa and mine in the Amazon.

Ian has had a life time of conservation and is renowned for his work with Gorillas and Elephants https://www.legendsandlegaciesofafrica.org/ianredmond

In this conversation organised by Youth Earth Protectors and the Ecocide campaign we speak about Covid and the effects on Nature, the law of Ecocide and how this could help our work and why we do what we do.

If you are not already signed up legally as an Earth Protector then please do so. For more information see https://www.stopecocide.earth/become

This was a live Instagram event but can now be seen on Youtube