Saving Forests and Our Future (2019 Archive)
A talk by Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Reforestation is hailed as crucial for tackling climate change. Yet deforestation continues at an alarming rate, fuelled by global markets, with more than 3.6 million hectares of primary rainforest, an area the size of Belgium, cut down across the world in 2018. Sir Ghillean will give an insight into the magic of the Amazon rainforest from his years in the jungle, share why forests are so important and highlight how we can all play a positive role in securing their future.
Speaker: Professor Sir Ghillean Prance
FRS, FLS, FRSB
Ghillean Prance was formerly Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and Scientific Director of the Eden Project. His distinguished career as a botanist and sustainability champion included extensive fieldwork in the Amazon rainforest learning from Amazonian tribes. Author of many books and academic papers, he has served as President of the Linnean Society and the Institute of Biology. He was also, until recently, Chairman of A Rocha, an international charity helping churches and communities to become greener.