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18:00 Category: LSS - Secular Hall - Public event[18:30] LSS: CANCELLED Ian Rotherham - Climate Change and Biodiversity Extinction
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MEETING ROOMS AT SECULAR HALL ARE CLOSED FROM 20 MARCH 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Please see our homepage (http://lsec.org.uk/) or facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LeicesterSecularSociety/) for updates. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ian Rotherham's talk will take place online on 29 November 2020 - see: http://leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/calendar/view_entry.php?id=2633 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 'Climate Change, Biodiversity Extinction and the Rest - Time for Despair or for Hope and Action?' Professor Ian Rotherham With gloom and doom hanging over people and communities faced by climate change, flooding, and biodiversity extinction, is there any room for optimism? Undoubtedly, humanity, nature and the planet are in the inexorable grip of a major crisis and there is more than a little reason for serious concern. So with wildlife species being lost and both waters and temperatures rising, what can people do to help alleviate or even stop the declines? Thinking global but acting local is perhaps the key and that may begin with approaches to so-called 'rewilding'. From the city-centres and the window boxes to the seashores and the mountaintops, we need to rewild the countryside; and also our bodies and minds. Positive action to redress the balance can help change the world for the better. Suggested reading: - Rotherham, I.D. (2014) Eco-History: A Short History of Conservation and Biodiversity. The White Horse Press, Cambridge. - Rotherham, I.D. (2017) Shadow Woods: A Search for Lost Landscapes. Wildtrack Publishing, Sheffield. Ian Rotherham is Professor of Environmental Geography at Sheffield Hallam University. He is the author of over 500 academic papers and articles, 50 or more books, and around 1,000 popular articles in newspapers and magazines. He works with community groups, conservation bodies, and government agencies in the UK and elsewhere in the world, and with local, regional and national media. His work includes ecology, countryside heritage, alien species, environmental change, flooding history, and rewilding, and he has written on woodlands, peat bogs, fens, and forests. Ian Rotherham's blog: https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/

Category: LSS - Public event (not at Secular Hall)[18:30] LSS: Paritosh Jeff Shapland - Forgotten Muslim soldiers of Dunkirk and me
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ZOOM TALK - Paritosh Jeff Shapland "The Forgotten Muslim soldiers of Dunkirk and me." Paritosh Jeff Shapland will talk about the newly published book entitled ‘The Indian Contingent’ by Dr Ghee Bowman and why it is important to him. Paritosh talks about his research over many years to reveal the secret, which his mother took to her grave, that his father was one of the Muslim soldiers who escaped from Dunkirk in WW2. and what that has meant to him. He will draw on the extensive research by Dr Ghee Bowman in the UK, India and Pakistan to discover and celebrate the war time experiences of several thousand Indian Troops who fought with the Allies in France in 1940. - Why were they not mentioned in the film “Dunkirk“? - Why were they made so welcome here at the time but are forgotten now? - Why did his mother decide it was best not to tell him who his father was? You are welcome to participate for free, but will need the joining information in our weekly email. Sign up at http://leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/register/?p=subscribe&id=1 Or email contact@Lsec.org.uk for login details.

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