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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Wednesday, April 19 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Keynote Address - From Rising Tide to Tsunami: Scaling the New Nature Movement

The emotional disconnect between people—especially children—and nature is one of the most pressing, overlooked crises of our time. Today the health of humans and the places they live is now under direct threat. Ecological sustainability—humanity living in a mutually enhancing relationship with the rest of nature—may well be impossible unless people care for the places they live. Yet here in the high-tech 21st Century, we’ve become more alienated from nearby nature than ever before. At this perilous moment in history, how can we broker a new human-nature relationship, one that embraces both technology and the natural world?

The answer, says Scott Sampson, is a dramatic scaling of the New Nature Movement. And this scaling, he argues, will occur only through deep, cross-sector collaborations encompassing K-12 schools, higher education, non-profits, government, and business. In particular, the recent trend toward place-based “learning ecosystems” has tremendous potential to redefine education and carry humanity toward a “rewilding” of both places and minds. At the heart of this transformation will be a much-needed mindshift, in which we transition from seeing ourselves as outside, above, and in control of nature to being embedded inside, and collaborating with, the natural world. In this presentation, Sampson outlines the key elements of this revolution, including promising examples and ways that we can all participate.

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Scott Sampson

President & CEO, Science World British Columbia
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He has published numerous books and articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom