Pluralizing the Anthropocene Colloquium: “The Need to Respect Nature and its Limits” by Helena Freitas

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Our Pluralizing the Anthropocene Colloquium will continue next week with distinguished biologist Helena Freitas!
"The Need to Respect Nature and its Limits"
Helena Freitas (Centre For Functional Ecology, University of Coimbra | Serralves)
April 15th 2021 (Thursday), 15:00 – 16:30 (GMT+1)
The pandemic we are experiencing highlights the excess and irrationality of our production and consumption system, exposing an evident merging of ecological and health crises. We are victims of an economic system that has been asserting itself in a growing blindness before the planetary limits, and that does nothing in the face of the health consequences of the obsession with profit. The development model on which all economic activity is based generates colossal health risks and tremendous social and environmental impacts, while feeding an inequality that has become unsustainable.  The real challenge today is to make the post-crisis an opportunity for individual and collective transformation, assuming our vulnerability and our integral condition of a planet committed to ecology, health and peace; a world bigger than ourselves, based on complicity, diversity and cooperation, capable of welcoming and caring for the plurality of life forms. It is not a question of restoring and returning to a previous condition, but of proposing alternatives for the universal good, with creativity and cooperation, supporting the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient activities, driven by fair investments, training, knowledge, and embracing the wisdom of the world that is after all our common home.
Helena Freitas received her PhD in Ecology from the University of Coimbra, in collaboration with the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 1993, and did postdoctoral studies at Stanford University, USA, between 1994 and 1996. She is Full Professor of Biodiversity and Ecology at the Department of Life Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra since 2003, and holds the UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity and Conservation for Sustainable Development since 2014. Helena Freitas joined the General Council of the University of Coimbra (2009-2011), was the Director of the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra from 2004 to 2012, the President of the League for the Protection of Nature (1999 (2002-2005), the founder and President of the Portuguese Society of Ecology (2004-2013) and the Vice- President of the European Society of Ecology (2009-2012). She is currently Coordinator of the Center for Functional Ecology - science for people and the planet, Scientific Coordinator of FitoLab - Phytosanitary Laboratory of the Pedro Nunes Institute, and is a member of the Scientific Council of the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra. Her research interests include Ecology; Mediterranean Ecosystems; Forest and Agriculture; Ecology and Management of exotic and invasive species; Conservation of Nature, Biodiversity; Physiology of the tree; Diversity of Plants and Fungi; Tolerance to Stress and Bioremediation; Environmental policy; Bioenergy; Conservation of Nature; Microbial ecology; Ecology and Society. She is the author of more than 300 international scientific publications and several publications promoting and disseminating science. In March 2000 he was awarded the Commendation of the Order of Prince Henry the Infant by the President of the Portuguese Republic Jorge Sampaio.
April 15th, 2021
15:00 - 16:30 (GMT+1)
All welcome but registration required!
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