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Natural History As a Wellspring of Activism

December 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Natural History Institute for an online conversation with environmental and human rights activist Laurel Sutherlin, who currently serves as Senior Communications Strategist for the Rainforest Action Network. This webinar will explore the relationship between natural history and activism.

Laurel Sutherlin, the Senior Communications Strategist for the Rainforest Action Network, has been an environmental, climate, and social justice advocate for more than two decades. He is also naturalist and environmental educator with an endless love for birds, forests and wild places. Laurel works on all of RAN’s campaigns in messaging development, communications strategy and content writing. He develops and implements creative tactics to earn high-impact media as well as other public-facing approaches to pressuring campaign targets to achieve RAN’s campaign goals.

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E.B. White famously said, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” In our current time of devastating climate change and social and ecological upheavals, finding the balance between savoring and saving the world becomes more challenging, and more essential. We’ll explore the role of attentive natural history—the direct practice of savoring the world—in addressing the seeming unraveling of the world, with someone who has worked on the front lines of activism on behalf of nature for many years: Laurel Sutherlin, the Senior Communications Strategist for the Rainforest Action Network, and veteran of countless campaigns and actions, ranging from urban climate marches involving thousands of people, to civil disobedience in remote field settings.

“Natural History As a Wellspring of Activism” is a part of NHI’s webinar series, “Savoring and Saving the World: Facing the Future in This Present Moment,” hosted by Dr. Tom Fleischner.

This event series is sponsored by Slater & Rutherford.


December 13, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Natural History Institute