The natural world we rely on is under threat and the connection between human health and planetary health has been made clear by the pandemic. Protecting and restoring the rainforests is vital for restoring the balance and allowing nature and society to thrive. This session will explore these extraordinary ecosystems, and why they offer hope for the future.
Ali is Programme Manager at Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change. A graduate in Zoology and Animal Biology, Ali has focussed her professional career in the field of conservation, working with teams in Europe, Africa and Oceania. Currently, she’s working with the Cool Earth team in Alotau to develop the future conservation strategy for Papua New Guinea.
Professor Richard Betts MBE
Professor Richard Betts MBE is a top climate scientist who leads research into the impacts of climate change at the Met Office Hadley Centre and University of Exeter. He is a Lead Author on major reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is technical lead on the UK’s 3rd national Climate Change Risk Assessment. He has published over 100 scientific papers, including many on how climate change and the world’s rainforests affect each other.
Dan is an environmentalist and educator who has worked at Eden Project on many of its flagship projects since its early days. He runs Eden’s MSc in Sustainability, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, and co-founded the sustainability leadership programme, HotHouse. He now works in Eden’s International team, which is creating a network of projects around the world, each telling stories about different pieces of the ecological puzzle. Dan is fortunate to have explored rainforests on three continents and believes connecting people with nature and the restoration of ecosystems are the keys to securing a thriving future for people and planet.
Alexandra is dual national American and British, but her entire working life has been spent in the UK. She spent 14 years at the Zoological Society of London, starting as Assistant to the Director of Zoos and ending up as Director of Field Conservation with projects around the world. From ZSL, she moved to be Overseas Director for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya where she was responsible for growing the organisation’s profile internationally, increasing its funding base and generating project proposals for donor support. She is now Director of Special Projects for the Eden Project, with responsibility for the growing portfolio of ‘Wild Sites’ in Chad and Costa Rica amongst others.