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Keeping the Wild Forum Reveals Promising Story for the Survival of Nature

Keeping the Wild Forum Reveals Promising Story for the Survival of Nature

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

World–renowned conservationist, Harvey Locke will share his vision for the survival of nature in the 21st century with two extraordinary presentations this upcoming Thursday and Friday, October 8-9. On Oct. 8 at Dixie State University's Holland Centennial Commons Zion Room at 7 p.m., Locke will share his lecture, "Green Postmodernism and the Attempted Hijacking of Nature Conservation," which offers an enlightened perspective on the contemporary language of conservation and its harmful outcomes. Locke will follow-up with "From Yellowstone to Yukon to Nature Needs Half ~ A Hopeful Agenda for the Future of Wild Nature and Humanity" on Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m., at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Utah. The free public forum is hosted by Dixie State University and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Virgin River Land Trust.

The 2015 Forum ~ Keeping the Wild ~ will show the strength of the humanities in creating new ways of conserving wild nature by seeing the world beyond ourselves. The forum was inspired by the Reimagine Western Landscapes Initiative, which uses the environmental humanities to inspire the will to act for human and natural world prosperity.

As the internationally recognized founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Locke shares his "Nature Needs Half" message with audiences around the world. He believes," for people and nature to survive in the 21st century we must share the Earth, at least equally."

That idea and Locke’s corresponding nonprofit organization, Nature Needs Half, "is a science-based and common sense vision of a relationship between people and nature that ensures enough natural areas of land and water are protected and interconnected – and of sufficient size and resiliency – to provide life-supporting ecosystem and biodiversity services that are essential to both human health and prosperity and a bountiful, beautiful legacy of wild nature."

The forum kicks off in St. George, Thursday with a student conversation with Locke in the Holland Building. The Thursday evening presentation begins with an appetizer reception at 6 p.m. The Keeping the Wild program concludes Friday night, Oct. 9, in Springdale, Utah, with the 21st Century Nature Narrative and Locke’s vision for saving half for nature followed by a dessert reception. Venue seating is limited.

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