Nature + Progress
Blueprint: Nature + Progress focuses on reconciling the natural world with the inevitability of human progress. Humans have exploited ecosystems to support growing societal demands. While beneficial in the short term, these disruptions have led to a widespread degradation of ecosystem services, the often overlooked things nature does for us.
Consider, for example…
- the deterioration of urban air quality by deforestation and fossil fuel use
- the cost of artificial pollination due to the honeybee crisis
- the damage from tropical storms no longer tempered by barrier reefs
This year’s event aims to inspire actionable blueprints for sustainable and regenerative technologies that address and reverse degradation by humans in order to prevent the exponentially growing costs of replacing these ecosystem services.
The planet does a lot of things for us that we take for granted. Despite our modern advances, we still cannot recreate photosynthesis or the water cycle at scale. We rely on nature for our existence, so it makes sense to optimize how we utilize the planets resources – hence, planet analytics.
Technology may also be designed to promote a lifestyle that is more sustainable by presenting opportunities to become more efficient or conscious of our impacts. There is a huge opportunity to design technology that connects people with nature in a way that also benefits ecosystems.
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Meaghan comes to WRI from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History where she was heavily involved in a multitude of different DNA barcoding projects such as the Moorea Biocode Project and most recently, the Barcode of Wildlife Project.
Meaghan’s education and career have focused on applying genetic methods to address questions in conservation and biodiversity. Meaghan received a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters degree from San Francisco State University.
Will has been involved in rescuing elephants, tigers, lions, and dolphins, and is always willing to share his experience and knowledge to further Born Free's vision for a more compassionate future.
Will is also a Board Member of Born Free USA, which he co-founded, and is President of the Species Survival Network (SSN), an international coalition of more than 100 organizations committed to the promotion, enhancement, and strict enforcement of CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). He also advises the United Kingdom Government on matters relating to zoos, the use of wild animals in circuses, and international wildlife trade.
Will has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, speaking out against canned hunting of lions highlighted in the documentary, Blood Lions, the international ivory trade and the trade in chimps as exotic pets.
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For students coming from Universities that will not be serviced by a bus, Blueprint can offer up to $50 per participant in reimbursements for travel expenses. These reimbursements will be offered until our funds are exhausted.