Biomimicry Tuning in to nature
Sara El Sayed, certified biomimicry professional and biologist, uncovers the possible functions of nature’s masterpieces by questioning how they may be replicated for use in sustainable design; through a process known as Biomimicry. With contagious enthusiasm, her talk is brought to life as she explains how we can all draw inspiration from the natural world […]
Growing Bricks Not another brick in the wall
Imagine a world where bricks are grown instead of fired: this is the world architect-turn-scientist Ginger Krieg Dosier lives every day. Ginger strives to create an alternate building block that will craft a more sustainable future for the construction industry and in turn help to lower the world’s ecological footprint.
A pause for the planet
Using sand as his medium, artist Luc Marin illustrates the need to take a pause for the planet and rethink our lifestyles, in order to build a brighter tomorrow for our world. Music “EPIKEPOK” courtesy of Inabeathead (O.Girard) – all rights reserved.
Sustainability and the Innovation Ecosystem
Can sustainability go hand in hand with innovation? This is the question Bruce Walker Ferguson, professor at Masdar Institute, seeks to answer by considering how our need for sustainable solutions to the planet’s environmental issues will require a system for innovation to thrive.
What the North Pole had to say
Recounting her cool expedition to the geographic North Pole, Elham Al Qasimi — the first Arab/Emirati woman to complete an unassisted expedition to the North Pole – considers how experience-based learning can equip young people with the skills necessary for 21st century living. By reliving her journey to one of the harshest environments on the […]
Earth Hour Reimagining Sustainability
Earth Hour is one of the largest grassroots environmental movements on the planet, but its success didn’t happen overnight. Co-founder and CEO Andy Ridley openly shares his highs and lows of the campaign’s journey and how this global platform can be used by the international community as a tool to help inspire environmental change.
A line in the sand
Drawing on profound and challenging experiences gained when mentored and trained by a group of metis Native Americans, Mac uses story and powerful imagery to awaken and evoke our innate wild nature. Speaking to a deeper, more ancient part of our tribal memory, he braids beauty, wildness, and the ‘heathen’ pulse of the human spirit […]
From the naturalist’s notebook
Irshad will share interesting observations and insights from the wild. Mostly entertaining, and at times, provocative and controversial, these will include interactions and relationships found between plants and plants, plants and insects, birds and mammals. He will also cover aspects of evolution, and the criteria for success in nature.
Traditional chinese medicine and harmony of the planet
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is composed of plants and animals, originated in China 3,000 years ago. While a crucial part of Chinese culture, the demand for Chinese medicinal materials has risen both in China as well as in international markets. China’s economic growth has allowed Chinese consumers with high purchasing power to seek Chinese […]
The great white lie
Sharks have been maligned in the media and because of this the world does not seem to care about the ongoing slaughter estimated up to 100 million individuals a year. William will be giving a personal account of his first shark encounter and the turning point in his life with regards to sharks and how […]