Top Environmentalist, Nicola Peel, starts series of talks at Collyer’s

A top environmentalist visited Collyer’s last week to kick-start a series of talks in memory of former student.
Nicola Peel visits Collyer'sNicola Peel visits Collyer's
Nicola Peel visits Collyer's

Nicola Peel, solutionist, environmentalist and speaker, launched a series of talks at Collyer’s in memory of Kirsty Brown, who was a geologist, marine biologist and former student.

Kirsty died in Antartica in 2003 and since then, the Kirsty Brown Fund has been created. The group is covering the costs of the talks.

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Dr Ian Carr, Collyer’s head of geology and environmental science, said: “What an excellent choice to kick-off the Kirsty Brown Talks. Nicola has won the People’s Environment Award and was a finalist in the Guardian Observer Ethical Awards, so we were thrilled to have her at Collyer’s. Her inspiring talk certainly had wide appeal.”

With the backdrop of a climate emergency, Nicola offered an optimistic view of the future, focussing on how to live in harmony with the planet.

Dr Carr said: “Nicola illuminated us all with lessons she had learned about life from the people in the rainforest.

“Making a direct link to the environmental science A-level, she went on to describe how we are starting to understand that nature builds structures and materials in a far more efficient way than we do and we have a lot to learn from ‘biomimicry’.”

After the talk, students studied crafts Nicola had brought from the Amazon.

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