Dame Fiona Reynolds lecture 'The case for beauty'
Fiona’s lecture will describe the campaign for beauty which has shaped the conservation movement in Britain, born out of the clash between beauty and industrialisation. The campaign led to the establishment of National Parks, nature and countryside protection, the safeguarding of historic buildings and monuments, and the gradual ‘greening’ of farming and forestry policy as these industries, too, industrialised in the twentieth century.
Today there is as stark a choice as in the nineteenth century, as politicians compete for credibility on the economy, making the things we care about but can’t put a material value on vulnerable once again.
In a world now facing climate change, the lecture promotes ‘beauty’ as a way of looking at the world that can help us find solutions to living more sustainably, valuing and protecting the things we depend on that money can’t buy.
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- Sheffield Hallam University