(Above) Professor James Lovelock © Richard Scott
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Chesil Beach Centre is delighted to be hosting a book signing with Dorset resident, Professor James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia Theory and inventor of the microwave oven.
The book signing, which will take place at 2pm on Friday 27th March at the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, follows a special evening with Professor Lovelock and Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE, held at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester on 9th March, as part of the schools community lectures programme. Over 400 people attended to listen to these two great minds discuss amongst other things, evolution and climate change.
Professor James Lovelock is a scientist, environmentalist and futurist, who has had a long and distinguished career. He was the first to discover CFCs in the atmosphere, and is the originator of the Gaia Theory, which suggests that organic and inorganic components of the Earth have evolved together as a single living, self-regulating system, to maintain its habitability.
Funds being donated to Dorset Wildlife Trust
Money raised from the talk and book sales are being split equally between Dorset Wildlife Trust, and the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership (DASP) Science Development Fund, which allows students from 19 schools across Dorset access to high quality science enrichment opportunities.*
Dorset Wildlife Trust Trustee and Vice Chairman, Jo Davis said, “We are so pleased to welcome Professor Lovelock to the Chesil Centre, and are most grateful for his donations to Dorset Wildlife Trust and the DASP Science Development Fund. He is a truly inspirational man, with a wealth of knowledge and lots of interesting stories to tell. His books, which show his passion and intellect, are well worth a read. His work is relevant and interesting to those with a mild curiosity, or highly developed interest in science and the natural world.”
Come and meet Professor Lovelock!
Professor James Lovelock’s books which will be available at the Chesil Centre to be signed include: A Rough Ride to the Future (hardback); The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning (paperback) The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is fighting back, and A Natural History of Selborne with an introduction by James Lovelock.
For more information, please phone the Chesil Centre on 01305 206191. The Chesil Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, DT4 9XE, parking is pay & display.
* The Dorchester Area Schools Partnership (DASP) is a collaboration of 19 schools (The Thomas Hardye School, 3 middle schools and 15 first schools) working together to ensure the best learning outcomes for the youngsters of Dorchester and surrounding villages. The aim of the DASP Science Development Fund is to promote science across the DASP partnership by allowing all our students, from 4 to 18 years old and regardless of ability and background, access to high quality science enrichment opportunities.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.