Earth Optimism 2020

Join us in celebrating #EarthOptimism

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Earth Optimism will be happening in conjunction with the Cambridge Festival between 26 March & 4 April 2021

Given the crisis facing nature, it is all too easy to give up hope. Yet, around the globe, we are winning the fight to protect the natural world. Wetlands are being rebuilt. In some places, deforestation is slowing down. Numbers of some of our rarest creatures are on the rise. People are making this change happen.

In these unprecedented and difficult times, we need optimism more than ever - to uplift us, inspire us, and help us imagine a new path forward. The #EarthOptimism movement brings people together to talk about what's working to protect the future of our planet. Through Earth Optimism, we invite you to learn what is working in conservation and why. Discover how every one of us can become more involved in the fight to protect the natural world. Join hands with people around the world in a global movement of #EarthOptimism

Register now

Most of the events at #EarthOptimism don’t require registration, but a few do. For our live events, the number of attendees is limited as we want to make this a special live experience for all. For a couple of other events, although they will be aired on the Cambridge Conservation Initiative YouTube channel, we recommend you book your ticket on Eventbrite in advance to be sent the link directly and to receive reminders closer to the time.

Find out which events are open for registration

Stories of Hope

Inspiring talks by leading conservationists, popular naturalists, and passionate celebrities.

Solutions Fair

Ideas for making a difference in our everyday lives.

Film Festival

Documentaries and films showcasing conservation sucesses.

Global Alliance

Films from other Earth Optimism events around the world

#EarthOptimism around the world

Finding optimism where you least expect it

Nearly two years ago my partner Dan and I were backpacking around the world. We’d “quit the nine to five”,…

Stuck on a Rock: How the Lord Howe Island stick insect was brought back to life

The sound of birdsong is starting to be heard once more on Lord Howe Island after a $15 million rodent eradication project is being hailed as a success. Rats and mice had made an oversized impact on the island’s wildlife, wiping out at least five species of bird and numerous insects. One of these was the unlikely flagship species of the eradication project, the large black Lord Howe stick insect, endemic to the island but for almost a century believed to be extinct...