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50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Earth Science Cafes Launch

22 April 2020

Connecting Science to Society .

The Network of Africa Women Environmentalists (NAWE) is launching a new initiative called the Earth Science Cafes as an online conference event on the fiftieth (50th) Anniversary Earth Day, April 22nd 2020.

Each café event will be theme based with an overall objective of “Connecting Science to Society” based on recognised and respected scientific reports, evidence and background data. We also recognise the importance of indigenous knowledge systems, culture keepers and traditional wisdom in preserving the balance of nature.

Event Details .

DATE: 22nd April 2020, Earth Day
TIME: 10:00am EAT
THEME: Deforestation, Disruption and Pandemics
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This first event will focus on launching the model, inviting participants to “adopt” a Landscape and examining the link between deforestation, disruption and pandemics. Two respected Kenyan scientists will contribute expert analysis on the link between the degradation of nature, zoonosis (the risks of animal to human transmission of coronaviruses and others dangerous viruses) and why restoration matters now more than ever for degraded spaces. The aim therefore is stimulate dialogue, commit to restoration on landscapes where we live or work and envision a future that we would like to see for these landscapes. This will be open to the public for their engagement, questions and comments.

22nd April 2020

Launch of Earth Science Cafes

10:00 - 10:15AM

OPENING COMMENTS
10 Mins – Opening Comments by Inger Andersen, ED – UNEP and other Institutional
leaders and Partners of NAWE

2 Mins – Why The Earth Science Café at the time of CoViD19 Lockdown – Musonda Mumba (UNEP)

10:15 - 11:30AM

FACILITATED DISCUSSIONS FOLLOW

5 Mins – Discussion about the Earth Science Cafe Model and Introduction to the
Landscape Mentors and Guardians.
10Mins – Presentation by the Scientists
10mins – Discussion on the event theme.
20mins – Landscape Mentors and Guardians invited to share future visions for their
Landscapes
10mins – Online audience invited to comment and discuss
5 Mins – Final comments and thanks

Research Scientist & Curator of Mammals at National Museums of Kenya

Event Resources .

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