Norwich School has for some years been proud to host the East of England branch of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in their excellent series of public lectures delivered by experienced and engaging experts. The school offers a programme of interesting talks on site throughout the year to enhance the school’s intellectual offering to its community of pupils, alumni, friends and parents, and these lectures form part of that.
After a long period of absence due to Covid, we were delighted last night (7th Dec) to welcome the RGS back on site.
Conservationist, environmental consultant and wildlife guide Kevin Hand gave a fascinating talk to an appreciative and inquisitive audience in the Blake Studio on Lapland and its indigenous people.
His superbly illustrated talk evidenced his lifelong love of the flora and fauna of the region as well as its local culture. Not only is this a place full of stunning landscapes and wildlife, it is also home to the Sami people, who have herded reindeer there for centuries. We learnt they are living on the front line of climate change and the very survival of their cultural identity is now under existential threat.
Future lectures are open to all. The next in-person RGS lecture on site is on 24th February 2022 in the Blake Studio on the very topical theme of: “Explaining COP26: the debrief from the climate conference”, delivered by Asher Minns, a science communicator, specialising in communicating about climate change.