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Fencing off nature? Free Conservation and Sustainability talk this Saturday

26 May 2011

At The Manchester Museum - plus half-term events next week

Conservation and sustainability talks
Every Saturday between Saturday 7 May and Saturday 11 June

Did pre-historic hunters live in balance with nature or over exploit their resources? How can we make sure our current food resources, such as fishing, are harvested sustainably? Join museum and university experts along with 6 objects from the Museum’s collection to explore the history of sustainability and how we might become more sustainable.

  • Saturday 28 May / 2-3pm: Fencing off nature?
    Yellowstone park was created in 1872 as a public monument “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people”. Join George Holmes, Leeds University in a discussion about how ‘natural’ is nature.
  • Saturday 4 June / 2-3pm: The bread of the Tropics
    Originally native to South America, Manioc is now a staple in the entire tropics. Film-maker and photographer duo Ali and Sumiko Anzai-May, will talk about the history of how humans have used plants for their own use, and what impact that has had on the natural world.
  • Saturday 11 June / 2-3pm: Spending to save
    What do we know about the current balance between economy and nature? Johan Oldekop, The University of Manchester, will discuss the interaction between money and credit as we struggle to protect biodiversity.

Book on 0161 275 2648, free, adults and older children

May/June half-term
Monday 30 May-Friday 3 June / 11am-4pm
Living Worlds

What would happen if we had no minibeasts like dung beetles and earthworms? Would Planet Earth be the same again? Create an animal or plant and add it to our giant paper chain of life.

Most activities are free and drop-in. Some activities may need to be booked on the day and may cost up to £1.50. All ages

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