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Wednesday 12 May 2021

The Hidden Language of Trees with Suzanne Simard (online)

Trees have memories. They have wisdom. They cooperate in communities of immense complexity, communicating underground through a huge web of fungi, at the centre of which lie the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful entities that nurture their kin and sustain the forest.

That may sound initially like New Age mumbo-jumbo. But these are the core findings of a scientific revolution that has been taking place in our understanding of trees.

No one has done more in this field than the world-renowned scientist Suzanne Simard. On  May 12 she comes to Intelligence Squared to share the secrets of a lifetime spent uncovering startling truths about trees. As she explains in her new book, Finding the Mother Tree, Simard did not set out to be a scientist. She was working in the forest service in British Columbia when she first made her discoveries. Though her ground-breaking findings were initially dismissed and even ridiculed, they are now firmly supported by the data. As her remarkable journey shows us, science is not a realm apart from ordinary life, but deeply connected with our humanity.

Join us as Simard reveals how the complex cycle of forest life – on which we rely for our existence – offers profound lessons about resilience and kinship, and must be preserved before it’s too late.

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Speaker
  • Suzanne Simard

    Professor of Forest Ecology and world-renowned authority on tree connectivity and communication

Chair
  • Tony Juniper

    Environmentalist and author of Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines


Location
  • Online event
Time
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021
  • 6pm to 7pm BST



Speakers

Speaker

Suzanne Simard

Professor of Forest Ecology and world-renowned authority on tree connectivity and communication


Professor of Forest Ecology in the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Forestry. She was raised in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia and has earned a global reputation for her research on tree connectivity and communication and its impact on the health and biodiversity of forests.
Chair

Tony Juniper

Environmentalist and author of Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines


Sustainability adviser and former executive director of Friends of the Earth. He is the author of Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines, as well as What Has Nature Ever Done For Us: How Money Really Does Grow on Trees; and What Nature Does For Britain. He is co-author with HRH Prince of Wales of Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World. In 2019 he was appointed Chair of Natural England by former Environment Secretary Michael Gove.