"Wild Contagious Hope"

Date: 
January 14, 2017 - 9:00am
End time: 
12:00pm


Members of the Point Lobos Foundation are invited to kick off 2017 with an invigorating discussion of "Wild Contagious Hope" at the annual Point Lobos Foundation membership meeting. In addition to annual foundation updates and awards, the meeting will feature Dr. Elin Kelsey as the keynote speaker.

Elin is a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. She has been awarded prestigious fellowships, including a Rockefeller fellowship and a Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society fellowship, to explore the question of hope and the environment in interdisciplinary think tanks devoted to world changing ideas. Dubbed the “the high priestess of hope” by The Green Interview, the World Conservation Union, the largest international assemblage of government and non-governmental environmental organizations, featured Elin and her work on hope in their “Inspiring People” campaign.

Elin is the author of You Are Stardust, Wild Ideas, Not Your Typical Book About the Environment and other award-winning books for children and adults. She holds a Ph.D. in Science Communication and International Environmental Policy through King's College London (King’s College Alumni Research Scholarship Recipient). She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology (Honours) from the University of Guelph and a Master of Arts in Science Learning in Informal Settings from the University of British Columbia. She has an adjunct faculty position with the School of Sustainability at Royal Roads University in Canada, and she is a research fellow at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, in Australia.

Elin will be speaking to us about "Wild Contagious Hope", and how important it is for those of us working to restore, protect and safeguard our environment. On World Ocean's Day in 2014, Elin co-launched a twitter tag called #OceanOptimism. To her surprise, it went viral, engaging more than 74 million people with marine conservation successes. #OceanOptimism is a harbinger of a collective hunger for hope. Drawing on inspiring examples from Monterey Bay and beyond, Elin chronicles the spectacular rise of this turn toward hope and why it is so unlikely - and so important - to an increasingly fractured world drowning in doom and gloom.

Please note that you must be a current member to register. More information and online registration here. If you have questions about your membership, please contact Tracy Ricci. The meeting will take place at Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel.

Image at upper right: Elin in British Columbia