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Conservation & Conversations: Biodiversity
August 23, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dates: Final Wednesday of each month in 2024
Virtual sessions: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET on Google Meet
Recordings available for registered participants upon request.
In-person sessions: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ET (location: LFPL Branch Meeting Room unless otherwise notified)
Connect with the Zoo as we critically explore a variety of environmental and conservation topics. Each month we will meet and discuss a conservation topic that falls under one of two larger environmental education themes, Global Climate Change and Ecology. Participants will receive background information and further learning resources for each topic and are invited to participate in a series of 60-minute discussions with Zoo educators. Each conversation will provide an overview of the topic, share connections with your Louisville Zoo, and give recommendations for further learning on the topic. Some conversations will focus on in-person book discussion related to the topic and others will feature virtual discussions and include guest experts! Join the conversation as we engage community members of all ages about topics that are affecting the way we live in Louisville and how people live around the globe.
Each session is designed to work with the others to increase participants comfort with and knowledge of conservation and natural science topics. Participants can register once and receive regular emails from the program coordinator updating them on meeting times, giving topic overviews, and providing further learning resources. There is no obligation to attend every meeting and participants can opt out of the email list at any time
Registered participants will receive the opportunity to guide the conversation by sending in questions in advance, suggesting topics, and will receive access to recordings of the virtual sessions.
Global Climate Change: This enormous topic is too big to be condensed into a single session or even a single month. All sessions under this umbrella will help you gain a better understanding of what global climate change is, how it is affecting humans and animals on our planet, and what we are doing to mitigate its effects. To participate in all the discussions about “Global Climate Change,” register for April 26, Aug. 23, Oct. 25 and Dec. 27!
About this topic: Join the conversation to learn how biodiversity can protect our ecosystems in the face of global climate change. Biodiversity is a term that references all the diverse organisms found on our planet — whether they are in a specific country or ecosystem, everything from microbes to megafauna and the flora that go with them. As we face increasing changes, maintaining biodiversity and even genetic diversity within a species is increasingly important to the health of our planet.