I recently attended the Earthwatch Lecture Series to photograph an event discussing the environmental impact of palm oil production.
Palm oil is one of the world’s mostly widely used vegetable oils, but environmental and social concerns surrounding its production make it one of the most controversial crops. Earthwatch speakers examined the challenges we face in conserving biodiversity in rapidly changing landscapes, and the role that science, citizens, and certification can play towards a sustainable future.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Glen Reynolds, Earthwatch scientist and Director of the South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP)
Darrel Webber, Secretary General of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
Leela Barrock, Group Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs at Sime Darby – one of the largest palm oil producers in the world
Read an Earthwatch article summarising the event and watch highlights below:
Interested in attending an Earthwatch event? This year’s annual debate will focus on the subject of reintroducing native species of wildlife – such as wolves, bear and lynx – to the UK. Rewilding the UK: Living in the Past or Preparing for the Future? will take place at the Royal Geographical Society, London on Thursday 16th October 2014 and is free to attend.