Saturday, January 10, 2015
Guest Lecture - Nature is Not Out There: Changing Our Conservation Paradigm
Claudia Thompson, Founder and President of Grow Native Massachusetts
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.