Conserving Nature for the Next 100 Years: Free Event at Spertus Institute on Feb. 13

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Center for Humans and Nature invite you to a free event in honor of the “Next Century Conservation Plan,” the Forest Preserves’ vision for protecting nature in the Chicago Region for the next 100 years.

Next-Century-Conservation-PlanToni Preckwinkle, President of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board, will provide opening remarks; and Arnold Randall, General Superintendent, will present details about the Forest Preserves’ centennial efforts to improve the health and resilience of our native habitats, and inspire new audiences from every corner of Cook County to visit and enjoy the preserves.

Center for Humans and Nature scholars will explore thought-provoking questions, offering ideas critical to the future of our urban wilderness.

  • Ben Barber, an internationally renowned political theorist, will discuss: “Can democracy in crisis deal with the climatic crisis?”
  • Julian Agyeman, an environmental social scientist and professor, will consider: “How is nature critical to a 21st century urban ethic?”
  • Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of the Wisconsin Public Radio show “To the Best of Our Knowledge”, will moderate a panel discussion with the speakers following their talks.

Join the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Center for Humans and Nature to explore ideas at the nexus of nature, climate change, local governance and social justice.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Venue SIX10 | Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Ave. | Chicago, IL 60605

2:30pm – 3pm  |  Check-in
3pm – 5pm  |  Speaking program and panel discussion
5pm – 6pm  |  Book signing

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Registration is required)

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