The Helena May Club, 35 Garden Road
Drinks Reception 6.30pm
Lecture 7.30 pm
We are delighted to welcome the distinguished environmentalist Alan Watson Featherstone to speak about his new project Restoring the Earth, which is promoting the restoration of the planet's degraded ecosystems, as the most important task in the 21st century. The current environmental degradation poses a growing threat to the wellbeing and survival of an estimated 5 million species on the planet. The scope and magnitude of the work required to counter this necessitates longterm thinking and a whole series of projects, both smallscale, locally based ones and internationally coordinated initiatives. Indeed, the restoration of the Earth will need to become the first shared task to draw forth the collective 15 years at the Findhorn Foundation, Alan has been in the forefront of its work with nature, organising a major international conference on the world's ecological crisis, One Earth: A Call to Action in 1986. Following this, he founded the Trees for Life charity which is working to restore the Caledonian Forest to a large area in the Highlands of Scotland. Trees for Life has received a series of awards, including the UK Conservation Project of the Year Award in 1991, and the Millennium Marque Award for environmental excellence in 2000. In 2001, Alan received the prestigious Schumacher Award in recognition of 'his inspirational and practical work in conserving and restoring degraded ecosystems'. Alan has helped provide the inspiration for other ecological restoration projects worldwide, including for the endangered Parana pine forests in Brazil and Tierra del Fuego in Chile. Alan has given lectures and workshops on the subject of ecological restoration, trees and forests, ecology and the importance of wilderness, throughout the world. He is frequently published in magazines worldwide, and has appeared on television and radio regularly in conjunction with his work for Trees for Life. An accomplished nature photographer, his photographs have been published in numerous books and journals, including Time magazine, BBC Wildlife and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.