Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

Rick Newton

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Environmental Courage: The Emerging New Intelligence Imperative to our Survival

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room: Fayerweather 106
Intro Level

Our changing environment demands our attention. Increased incidence and severity of drought, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods dominate headlines and kill or displace thousands. The insidious effects of the consistently rising average annual temperatures may be our greatest threat, but scariest of all may be the simple fact that we do not fully understand how our everyday lives will be changing. A new intelligence, Environmental Courage or the capacity to interpret, filter, digest and accept the changes occurring in our natural world must be developed within our children and youth and strengthened within our society in general. This workshop will introduce those in attendance to the concept of “Environmental Courage” as an intelligence. Specific examples will be given to participants to take back and use when introducing the concept to children, youth and adults.


Vincent LaFontan, Executive Director, Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

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“More than any other, this event galvanizes and strengthens our conservation efforts in Connecticut. We’ve been looking forward to a return to CLCC’s in-person conference for three years. That day is finally here!”

- Stuart Winquist, President, Middlesex Land Trust

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