Welcome to Reasons for optimism

As an introduction to Earth Optimism’s session on Reasons for Optimism, Andrew Balmford and Rosie Trevelyan talk about changing the narrative around nature conservation.

Want to hear more from Rosie? She chaired a Q&A session with Chris Packham about why should we be optimistic about nature’s future.

Andrew Balmford

Andrew Balmford is Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the costs and benefits of conservation, how to best reconcile conservation and farming and examining what works in conservation. He is the author of ‘Wild Hope: On the Front Lines of Conservation Success’ (2012). Andrew currently runs the Student Conference on Conservation Science. After Nancy Knowlton’s 2016 presentation at the Student Conference on Conservation Science, he and Rosie Trevelyan co-convened the 2017 Cambridge Earth Optimism Summit.

Rosie Trevelyan

Dr Rosie Trevelyan is the Director of the Tropical Biology Association (TBA), an NGO that is building the capacity of conservation professionals from around the world. The TBA has offices in Cambridge and Nairobi, with over 2,500 alumni who have taken part in the TBA’s field courses and specialist programmes. Rosie is a co-organiser of the Student Conference on Conservation Science and a council member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. She co-founded the Cambridge Conservation Forum in 1998 and the Cambridge Earth Optimism Summit in 2017 with Andrew Balmford.

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