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Conservation & Conversations: Biodiversity
August 23, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month
Times: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE (Virtual Event)
Connect with the Zoo as we critically explore a variety of environmental and conservation issues. Each month we will meet and discuss a conservation topic that falls under one of three larger conservation education topics, Field Science, Global Climate Change, and Modern Zoos. Participants will receive a discussion guide for each topic and are invited to participate in a series of 60-minute live virtual discussions with Zoo Educators. Each topic series will provide an overview of the topic, share connections with your Louisville Zoo, and provide recommendations for further learning on the topic. Some topics will include recommendations for books or movies that we can discuss as a group and others will feature guest speakers! 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 your comfort and knowledge of conservation and natural science topics. The sessions can be enjoyed as a one-time opportunity or as a full topic experience. Registered participants will receive the opportunity to guide the conversation by sending in questions in advance and suggesting topics. Recordings of the virtual sessions are available upon request.
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.