Museum of Natural Futures: Surveying how we improve human and environmental health—NOW
Mon 19 Oct 2015, 6.15pm
Human health. Environmental health. Can one function without the other? Are we already doing enough to better them both—or do we need to do more? And where on earth (literally and figuratively) do we start? Join us as environmental artist, engineer and inventor Natalie Jeremijenko leads a discussion about humankind’s inseparable relationship with natural systems—hydrolic, atmospheric, biological—and what scope, if any, exists to redesign it.
Through projects such as Agbags—vertical urban farms that hang on walls (or are suspended in air) in built-up areas to help us rethink how we grow food—Natalie challenges ideas about environmentalism in cityscapes.* For this evening’s discussion, she will be joined by Maree Grenfell, coordinator of the City of Melbourne’s Resilient Melbourne project—formed as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, which helps cities adjust to the modern world’s shocks and stresses. Listen, learn and lend your thoughts as the pair audit our connection with the natural world and point out the benefits of, and the urgency in, improving it.
*Interested in making your own Agbag? Book a spot in Natalie’s Agbags Make Meet at 2pm on Sunday 18 October, the day before this talk.