Just added the name of our guest speaker for the 2019 Stroud Festival of Nature to those of our previous last three festivals. Really pleased to have Steve Backshall attending this year for a talk that will engage, enthuse and inspire an audience of all generations.
While we may seek to inspire people through our own work, we recognise the importance and influence that others can have on an audience, particularly when they are well known for their commitment to wildlife and the environment. We have been delighted and very lucky to have had three great speakers at our three previous festivals.
In 2016 we welcomed George Monbiot for an illuminating and at times, provocative talk on rewildling and its wider context.
In 2017 Ian Redmond spoke about his experiences working with gorillas and elephants, whilst covering global issues of concern to us all.
Chris Packham was our guest in 2018. His own photography was the main thrust of his talk. This allowed him to expand his thoughts and opinions to many things environmental and wildlife related.
All three showed a passion and a tireless commitment to their causes. Each of them was not afraid to say what they thought. Many in their audience left the talk inspired and we hope, empowered to do something.
We have made a provisional booking for 2019 and will know in January if it is definite. We know if it is, the talk will be equally inspiring. Watch this space!