WHO'S THE SPEAKER?
Ignace Schops, Belgian environmentalist, ranked in 2017 as one of the 25 most influential Belgians in the world. In 2008 he received the Goldman Environmental Prize for raising more than $90 million by bringing together private industry, regional governments, and local stakeholders, to establish Belgium’s first and only national park and protecting one of the largest open green spaces in his country. He is the Director of the Belgian NGO RLKM, President of EUROPARC federation - the largest network on natural heritage in Europe - a full member of the EU chapter of the Club of Rome and Circle member of Rewilding Europe. Part of the ASHOKA, a world leading social entrepreneur. His international work on biodiversity and social entrepreneurship led him to become an Honorary Doctor at the Hasselt University in 2011. In 2013 he became a member of the Climate Leadership Corps of Al Gore and later that year he was decorated as the “Commander of the Order of the Crown” by the Belgian King Filip. Ignace Schops and his team designed the (Re)connection Model. This model (Re)connects society with the natural heritage and is used in several countries in the world. Schops is often asked as expert and keynote speaker at international conferences related to the natural heritage, biodiversity, climate change and social entrepreneurship.
A LITTLE HINT ON WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
We are losing our comfort zone. Since the last decades, the stability of our planet is under pressure. With a fast growing population we not always aware of our ecological footprint and impact. Climate Change and biodiversity loss are indicators of a failing life engine. Time to change. Is it possible to reverse the negative impact we created and can we find sustainable solutions? This keynote is about the (Re)connection Model and explains how to find local solutions for global problems, how to implement them and how it can help other regions in the world. Yes, we can change! But we need to start now, immediately. If we don’t do it, who will? If we don’t do it now, when will it be? If we don’t do it together, how will we do it? Think globally, act locally and change personally!