BirdLife’s new nest: a home for conservationists
"We depend on nature for the very air we breathe, for every mouthful of food we consume, for every drop of clean water that we drink.” These are the inspiring words from Sir David Attenborough at the official opening of the new “conservation campus” of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
On Wednesday, April 6th, after years of planning, Britain inaugurated its world-leading conservation hub dedicated to preserving the planet’s biodiversity. The idea was first discussed more than two decades ago.
The David Attenborough Building was formerly known as the Arup Building and used to contain university laboratories for zoology, metallurgy and mathematics. It has undergone a £58-million revamp to transform it into a global centre of conservation excellence.
“It is going to bring together all of these people concerned about the natural world. So it's going to be a huge melting pot. Wonderful things will happen.” added Sir David Attenborough.
In her opening speech Patricia Zurita, the Chief Executive of BirdLife International, addressing Sir Attenbourough stated:
“you asked some time ago: are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? Of course, we all say no, but we, the conservation community, have often failed to come together with one voice.”
“The task is too daunting – she added - for any one institution to do it alone. Only together we’ll have the power to influence those who are deciding the fate of our Planet, and I’m proud to be here and to put our hearts and minds, not only ours upstairs, but also those of the RSPB, and the energy of the 13 million people we can reach through the BirdLife Partnership to make this fabulous enterprise successful.”
A dramatic ‘living wall’ covered in plants forms the centrepiece of the new centre, which houses over 500 biologists, conservationists and students and will provide a base for research, conferences, lectures and public events.
The conservation campus hosts the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Fauna & Flora International, BirdLife International, RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the Tropical Biology Association, IUCN and TRAFFIC.
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The Cambridge TV broadcast (Freeview Channel 7 - 6 April 16) http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk from 08:30-11:39
The ITV Anglia footage can be downloaded here: https://www.wetransfer.com/
ITV’s This Morning on http://www.itv.com/hub/this-
BBC Radio Cambs Breakfast Show – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03njm4m and go to 6th April shows show at 02:32 for a news story about the campus opening.
The film on BBC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bbcradiocambridgeshire/videos/1314187245277020/?pnref=story
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