Dr William Bird joins the online event Making Natural History in Eastbourne

Dr William Bird is set to speak at Making Natural History, a series of free online events to showcase examples of environmental activism, conservation and education.

The Eastbourne-based events get underway on 9 November with an invitation-only educators’ forum which will also be attended by Baroness Floella Benjamin, founder of the Eden Project Sir Tim Smit, along with other influential leaders.

This workshop is open to educators in Eastbourne to discuss the benefits of partnership to enable Eastbourne’s youth to engage with and enhance their local environment. Additionally, it will mark the 25th anniversary of the first ever United Nations Children’s Conference on the Environment. which was called ‘Leave It To Us’,and saw more than 800 delegates from 92 countries attend the event in Eastbourne in 1995.

The Making Natural History event will also comprise family-friendly virtual presentations, discussions and masterclasses, and takes place just as the Beat the Street Eastbourne game concludes after seven weeks. To date, more than 8,000 people have signed up and have together walked, run, cycled, wheeled and scooted more than 103,000 miles.

Dr William Bird said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of this ground-breaking event. Eastbourne has really captured the ethos of everything that we wanted Beat the Street to achieve and we have been amazed at the number of people who have taken part and got active.

“The game too, is designed to connect the community with the place where they live and work and to inspire people to really make the most of their parks, green spaces, and in of course in Eastbourne, the magnificent coastline and the South Downs National Park.

“We hope that this Making Natural History event will really create a framework in which leaders in the environment, nature and physical activity can work together and create a better future.”


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