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Emma Marris--What is “Nature” in a Changing World? (At NHMU)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
The Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

portrait of Marris
portrait of Marris
Emma Marris, Environmental Writer
Institute Fellow, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Humans have altered the Earth for thousands of years, and climate change means every inch has been changed. What counts as nature in this changing world? What does it mean to protect it? And how can we humans have a good relationship with the nonhuman world? Marris writes for National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times, Nature, and others. In her book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, she focuses on innovative ways to conserve biodiversity in a humanized world. Marris’s insightful writing about how we define “nature” and why it matters inspired many of the stories in NHMU’s special exhibition, Nature All Around Us. She is even featured in the exhibition in an original video championing the idea that nature is almost everywhere and inseparable from humans. Listen as she challenges our ideas about nature, and urges hope and action in the face of an uncertain future. Join us for a book signing following the Feb 4 lecture at NHMU.

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Marris is giving the same lecture in West Jordan on February 5. 

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