YOUR TREES NEED YOU!
The Tree Conference, to be Livestreamed by Angelfish Films on Saturday 4 November.
You can go onto the website and watch talks with BBC explorer Bruce Parry, tree scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Clare Dubois of TreeSisters, and much more!
With mounting evidence for the considerable wellbeing benefits of trees and the crucial role trees can play in reducing carbon emissions and averting climate change, 130 tree lovers – including leading scientists, environmentalists and reforestation project leaders – will gather for this unique networking forum showcasing many inspirational tree projects, organisations and artists. Those who can’t make the event in person are invited to watch the day’s key talks and discussions Live via Livestream, free of charge, by signing up at www.thetreeconference.com.
The talks and discussions available to watch via Livestream on Saturday will be as follows:
Running Order for the day
10:10 (GMT) Dr Alan Rayner: ‘Understanding Trees and Fungi as Flowforms’
11:30 (GMT) Bruce Parry: ‘The Sentience of Trees’
The celebrated explorer and BBC presenter of Tribe, Amazon and Arctic will discuss and share excerpts from his new film TAWAI: A Voice from the Forest, which documents human communication with trees.
14:00 (GMT) Diana Beresford-Kroeger: ‘Which Trees to Plant in Somerset and Why’
15:15 (GMT) Clare Dubois & Wendy Stephenson: ‘Reforesting the Tropics, the Feminine & the Restorer Species’
16:30 (GMT) Panel Discussion: ‘Strategy for Tree Planting’
Plant scientist Professor Sir David Read, John Tucker of the Woodland Trust, Wendy Stephenson, Simon Miles of Cornwall’s Forest Gardens, artist Gordon Field, and Isla Macleod are hosted by landscape consultant Adam Hunt to discuss strategies around planting in Somerset and the UK, which trees to plant, and the state of trees worldwide.
Elsewhere in the world, many countries are threatened with deforestation, with illegal loggers representing a considerable threat. Last week, a group of indigenous leaders from Latin America and Indonesia demonstrated in London’s Parliament Square on route to COP23 in Bonn, urging the UK government to protect forest dwellers defending rainforests from illicit loggers. And in Australia, lawyers are currently taking action to prevent a Victorian government-owned business from unlawfully clear-felling hundreds of hectares of pristine ancient forest.
Suzi Martineau, Organiser of The Tree Conference says:
“It’s time to cease the destruction of our forests and remove the inhibitions and blocks at policy level around planting. There are so many different organisations and groups in the UK and across the globe working to plant trees that represent an infinite variety of different approaches – from scientists, conservationists and botanists, to spiritual ecologists, tree huggers and indigenous rights activists. Ultimately we’re all working to prevent climate change and for the health and wellbeing of our planet and its people, plants and creatures.
“Tree planting isn’t in the news enough and we want to highlight that it’s already happening on a large scale. This is a massive social movement and The Tree Conference is acting as a platform to bring all the various diverse groups together, and to invite people who care about trees and our ecosystems to find out about different ways of planting. We can’t wait for governments. We need to show leaders what people want and will vote for. We need to collectively create a common goal and strategy to approach the UN with. There must be no more deforestation of ancient woodland, we need a common united voice for the forests!”
To buy your tickets for The Tree Conference or to sign up for the free Livestream, visit:
Tree Conference organisers and speakers are available for interview
For Media Enquiries contact Will Gethin at Conscious Frontiers:
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