We would like to invite you to join us for Russell Smith presents: An Evening with Dr Kate Rawles, which will be held at the exclusive private members club, Library on Monday 21st November where British adventurer Russell Smith will be joined by the inspirational Dr Kate Rawles who will provide a fascinating talk as she launches her next BIG adventure - the Life Cycle 2016.
Using an extraordinary journey through compelling landscapes and remote communities across South America, The Life Cycle aims to engage a wide audience with critical questions about biodiversity: what is it, what’s happening to it, why is this such a vital issue and, above all, what can be done about it? Departing December 2016 by freight ship for Costa Rica and aiming to reach Patagonia the following December, the route has an adventure logic, and a biodiversity one.
Travelling through Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, plus a sideways foray into Brazil, Kate will be taking in a stunning array of diverse landscapes and habitats, from the Costa Rican cloud forests to the Atacama Desert in Chile – known as the driest desert in the world – with some of the world’s most spectacular mountains in between. Her challenges as an endurance cyclist will include extremes of heat and cold, high winds, access to water and day-long climbs to high-altitude passes, as well as the distance.
But this is not just challenge for its own sake; it’s an ‘Adventure Plus’ adventure with a bigger purpose. Zigzagging across the Andes on and off road on the trail of some of today’s most pressing biodiversity stories, Kate will be aiming to unravel the ways in which we all depend on the interconnected web of species, and analyse what threatens it. She will visit a wide range of solution-focussed people, places and projects, from local community action on rainforest protection to national debt for nature swaps; from novel attempts to combine farming and conservation to governments with ‘Earth Rights’ legislation and cross-country wildlife corridors.
And of course The Life Cycle will showcase astonishing biodiversity large and small, from tree frogs and tarantulas to howler monkeys and tiny pygmy marmosets; from toucans and harpy eagles to the pink river dolphin and the black caiman.
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