11 August 2009

18 Aug (Tue): Prof. Leo Tan on "Confessions of a Nature Addict"

What drives people to take up nature causes? Do they do so for valid reasons or just to satisfy their personal cravings and addictions? Prof Leo will also share about his personal experiences in protecting Labrador shore.This talk by Prof. Leo Tan is part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Department of Biological Sciences, the National University of Singapore.

It is difficult to imagine there was a Singapore that had vast tracts of natural vegetation and marine life just fifty years ago. The natural areas have diminished greatly over the decades, causing a lot of grief, anguish and a sense of helplessness but it sparked a fire in the heart and mind of a young and foolhardy student to try to save at least one coral patch on the main island. The journey was long and fraught with difficulties but persistence, passion and persuasion paid off with the legislating of 10 hectares of Labrador Park into a Nature Reserve in 2002. What drives people to take up nature causes and do they do so for valid reasons or just to satisfy their personal cravings and addictions? The existence of Sungei Buloh, Chek Jawa, Semakau point to more than vested interests!

More details about Prof Leo Tan and the talk.

Light refreshments will be served after the talk.

Admission is free but registration is required. More details on the Department of Biological Sciences website.

Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: LT 31, Blk S16, National University of Singapore location map
Website and contact: http://www.dbs.nus.edu.sg/60anniversary/public_lectures.html

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