Come along for an evening of shared food and conversation, hear about local projects connecting people with nature from Conservation SA's Jill Woodlands and Alex Gaut followed by a free screening of Love Thy Nature.
6 pm - Pot Luck Dinner... bring a plate of food to share
6.40 pm - Local Nature Projects with Conservation SA
7 pm - Film Screening
LOVE THY NATURE We’ve lost touch with nature. This disconnect hurts our health, dulls our spirit, and threatens our future. Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. And it shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our climate and environmental crises.
Local Nature Projects with Conservation SA
Jill Woodlands, Natural Resources Management Facilitator -Nature is all around us. It is the peregrine falcon, the fastest creature on earth that rests among the steel and glass of our cities. It is the majestic scattered gums among which sheep graze and rest. It is in the vast and spectacular SA outback. Nature is in our cities, our suburbs, our backyards.
But our world is changing. Our human systems are changing. Our climate is changing. Our nature is changing at an accelerated pace. Political cycles focus on economic development and largely ignore the threats to the natural world. What can we do to help SA's nature flourish in the future? What should we make sure we hold onto but what might we need to stop and what new things can we try?
Conservation SA is working with environmental NGOs and community members and the environment department on a project called The Nature of South Australia to explore these challenges and collectively come up with a range of innovative solutions.
Alex Gaut, Program Manager - Nature does amazing things for people. Natural spaces are a great place to take time out from every day cares, to refresh, recharge, restore and reflect. Conservation SA is involved in a number of nature connection issues, including our Nature For You program breaking down barriers for disadvantaged communities, progressing disability access with a TrailRider, nature connection research, and contributing to progressing the Healthy Parks Healthy People strategy.
Love Thy Nature
Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. With mesmerizing artistry and fascinating details, the film explores how nature nourishes us.
Neeson is the voice of Homo Sapiens — our collective humankind — who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we are separate from nature. This mind- set has caused us to disrupt billions of years of evolution, causing a mass extinction of species and threatening the survival of the human race.
Love Thy Nature shows that a new era of connectedness with the natural world is key to ensuring our species’ future. This era might just be dawning: A new science called biomimicry taps into nature’s four billion years of R&D for some of the most brilliant cutting edge inventions, pointing to a new highly advanced technological age - The Biological Revolution.
In the medicine, doctors are unveiling new findings on the role of nature in sustaining and healing the human body. And experts have discovered that just spending time in nature promotes healing, emotional stability, connectedness, and even neurological health in children.
Through Sapiens’ journey, the film reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human.
Traversing the globe, Love Thy Nature shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet while revealing how a deeper connection with nature transforms us as people and communities. And that transformation inspires us not only to restore our ecosystems, but also our human family, and ourselves.
The Adelaide Sustainability Centre is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board and Conservation SA.