World-famous conservationist delivers ‘Keeping the Wild’ lectures on humanities, nature

Conservationist Harvey Locke, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Marie-Eve Marchand, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — World–renowned conservationist Harvey Locke will share his vision for the survival of nature in the 21st century with two presentations Thursday and Friday, first at Dixie State University, then in Springdale.

On Thursday, at DSU’s Holland Centennial Commons Zion Room at 7 p.m., Locke will share his lecture “Green Postmodernism and the Attempted Hijacking of Nature Conservation,” which offers an enlightened perspective on the contemporary language of conservation and its harmful outcomes. The presentation begins with an appetizer reception at 6 p.m.

Locke will follow up with “From Yellowstone to Yukon to Nature Needs Half — A Hopeful Agenda for the Future of Wild Nature and Humanity” Friday, 7 p.m., at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale. The lecture is followed by a dessert reception. Venue seating is limited.

The 2015 Forum “Keeping the Wild” will show the strength of the humanities in creating new ways of conserving wild nature by seeing the world beyond ourselves. The forum was inspired by the Reimagine Western Landscapes Initiative, which uses the environmental humanities to inspire the will to act for human and natural world prosperity.

As the internationally recognized founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Locke shares his “Nature Needs Half” message with audiences around the world. He believes that “for people and nature to survive in the 21st century, we must share the Earth, at least equally,” according to a news release from the university.

That idea and Locke’s corresponding nonprofit organization, Nature Needs Half, are, according to the news release, “a science-based and common sense vision of a relationship between people and nature that ensures enough natural areas of land and water are protected and interconnected — and of sufficient size and resiliency — to provide life-supporting ecosystem and biodiversity services that are essential to both human health and prosperity and a bountiful, beautiful legacy of wild nature.”

These free public forums are hosted by Dixie State University and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Virgin River Land Trust.

More information can be found online.

Event details

  • What: Conservationist Harvey Locke lectures on nature in the 21st century
  • When: Oct. 8-9, 7 p.m.
  • Where: DSU’s Holland Centennial Commons Zion Room, 225 S. University Ave., St. George; O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, 300 W. Lion Blvd., Springdale

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