Alexander von Humbolt - panel
Event schedule details
Sunday 30 June
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This panel explores various views on the interconnectedness between humans and nature – from 200 years ago, by Alexander von Humboldt, the father of modern environmentalism, to today. Departing from Humboldt's findings, the discussion seeks to explore how the concept of nature has changed over time - and how Humboldt’s understanding of the earth can inform modern ideas about our planet.
Climate change and the concept of Earth as an interconnected ecosystem are not new. Since the beginning of our existence, humans have shaped nature and the environment they live in. Humboldt, a German explorer and naturalist, was one of the first Europeans to shape the theory of the earth as one single organism. During his travels in South America, he encountered many indigenous tribes whose lives are evident proof of this interdependence between human and nature – hundreds of years ago and today, when their environment and livelihood are increasingly threatened by climate change and deforestation. In this panel, we explore from different perspectives how our concept of nature has changed over time.
This talk will take place at the Goethe-Institut with Stephen Corry (director of NGO Survival International), Phoebe Tickell (scientist, educator and serial systems entrepreneur), Dr David Williams (t.b.c., researcher of Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum), chaired by Filipa Ramos (chief editor of art-agenda and university lecturer).