Festival Launch: Eden North — A new vision for Morecambe Bay
For our opening event we are delighted to welcome Robert Barratt, Head of Eden Project Learning, to talk about the exciting plans for Eden North on Morecambe Bay, to explain how it fits into Eden’s international programme and to champion the importance of involving children in environmental education. The plan is for a destination that combines indoor and outdoor experiences, connecting people with the internationally significant natural environment of Morecambe Bay while also enhancing wellbeing.
Robert’s emphasis will be on a new vision for what a seaside resort in the twenty-first century could be, including reimagined lidos, gardens, performance spaces, immersive experiences and observatories. Central to the carbon neutral project is a series of pavilions inspired by mussels, which like the original Eden Project in Cornwall could house a variety of environments. The project is wonderfully imaginative and the impact on the area would be huge.
After his talk, Hamish Mills of Lancaster Youth for the Environment (LYFE) will interview Professor Barratt, followed by an audience Q&A.
‘Eden’s mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us.’ — Tim Smit, Co-Founder of the Eden Project, and Executive Chairman of Eden Project International
Professor Robert Barratt is the Head of Eden Project Learning, and is a specialist on children’s participation in environmental education. Formerly Professor of Education at the University of Gloucestershire, and prior to that Director of Education at Bath Spa University, he is currently researching the impact of the Anthropocene on the school curriculum and children’s learning. Robert has collaborated on large scale education research projects with colleagues from Australia, USA, Russia and Europe, and recently published a new International Handbook with Springer on Childhood Nature (2018).
This event is sponsored by Achates Philanthrophy.