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Sunday, 01 October 2017 - Tuesday, 31 October 2017

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Why Conserve Wild Nature? Ecology, economics and ethics in global perspective

Starts: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Dr Hilary Marlow, Senior Researcher at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Conservation biologists often face tough decisions over how, or even whether, to protect a particular habitat or endangered species. What motivates their concern and on what should they base their judgements? Does nature have an intrinsic right to exist or does its value rest in its benefit to human wellbeing and livelihood?

This talk will discuss options ranging from ‘biophilia’, or innate affiliation to nature, to eco-system services valuations, which ascribe an economic value to nature based on its benefit to people. It will then explore ways in which the social, cultural and religious perspectives of the non-Western world may challenge both of these options.



Category: Foundation Hour
Date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Time: 1pm
Venue : EDEN 130 Lecture Theatre
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