Written By: Jennifer Scott Big picture thinking. The idea that Nature Needs Half is nothing new. Many assessments over the last 20 years have typically determined that nature needs at least half of any given eco-region to be protected and interconnected with other such areas, in order to maintain its full range of life-supporting, ecological and evolutionary processes, the long term survival of the species that live there, and to ensure the system’s resilience in the face of environmental change. In fact, some ecosystems will require more than half. Simply put, Nature Needs Half, and it is time to say so. It’s time to act! The challenge to be bold. Keynote speaker Harvey Locke is not only an international award-winning conservationist and visionary, he’s also a founding member of the Y2Y Conservation Initiative, a cross-border not-for-profit that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. Harvey dares us all to think bigger and bolder, and to broaden our perspectives when it comes to conservation and protecting our planet for the future. We need to keep the wild WILD. A unique high-energy, nature-themed hip hop performance. Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, award-winning playwright, and former tree-planter, who has personally planted more than one million trees across Canada. Baba Brinkman will be closing out the evening performing songs from his album The Rap Guide to Wilderness, which explores humanity’s relationship with the wild. This is a definite must-see performance! Artists in action – local artist showcase. A handful of artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau area will be on-site showcasing some of their pieces and creating new ones right before your eyes. Come check out the works of a variety of artists, and be inspired by their creations. A swag-filled silent auction. You’re not going to want to miss out on the amazing items available to bid on in our silent auction. Box seats to Cirque du Soleil, fabulous gear from MEC, a half-day birding excursion, and a night’s stay at the Wakefield Mill are just a few of the incredible items you’ll find at our CPAWS Talks event. Get your tickets today!