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Restoring Nature
Environmental protection through interdisciplinary means
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query_builder 10:30 - 12:00
place Hall 10 a
card_travel Parallel Session
mic English
Environmental protection through interdisciplinary means
Format: Interactive Panel and Q&A

Effective protection, restoration and conservation of the environment must draw on multiple academic disciplines and approaches, tapping into multiple incentives and mechanisms to change behaviours and practices. This session brings together presentations from the open call that draw on a wide range of disciplines to bring new insights into and responses to improving our environment. These include analysing how literature reflects forest ecology, archaeological insights in protecting peatland, understanding emotional responses to the ocean plastic crisis through analysis of metaphors and why a legal approach should be taken to environmental protection by establishing the crime of ecocide. The session then turns to practical application of multidisciplinary insights, learning from the establishment of the National Forest in the heart of England and its story of regeneration, and how the European Green Finance Facility is being used to improve access to clean energy for small- and medium-sized enterprises and underserved communities, whilst also improving air quality and tackling climate change. 
  Chair: Professor Francis Pope Professor of Atmospheric Science, Univesity of Birmingham
Oral Presentation John Holmes and Dion Dobrzynski Harnessing the Humanities for Nature – A Forest Partnership 
Oral Presentation Niamh O'Dowd Plastic hearts: The emotional impact of multimodal metaphor about the ocean plastic crisis and perceptions of how to address it 
Virtual Oral Presentation Henry Chapman Peatland Heritage: balancing the challenges of peatland restoration with exceptional archaeological preservation 
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