Darwin’s Impact Today – Evolution and Conservation, Our Responsibility for Our World
Many have argued that no individual has had a greater impact on modern thought than Charles Darwin. His revolutionary theory of evolution by natural selection turned the world on its head. It was in the remote Galapagos Islands that Darwin made many of the observations which triggered his thinking. The protected status of the islands today means that we can make the same observations and learn through the same experience as Darwin.
Ecuador’s rainforest and cloud forest provide a wonderful opportunity to explore a lush, green world which is rich in species and biodiversity. The Chocó biogeographical region runs from Panama, through Colombia and Ecuador to Peru. It encompasses the biodiversity hotspot known as the Tumbes-Chocó-Darien, along the western foothills of the Andes. The combination of the position of the area close to the Andes and the Equator has led to the highest concentration of biodiversity anywhere in the world.
The research station which is the base of the initial stage of the programme and which also houses a luxurious hotel, is situated between the rainforest and the cloud forest in a large private reserve. It is perfectly placed to explore the eco-systems which exist from the forest floor to the tops of the tree canopy. Many species thrive in these different environments, both those which we know about and those which remain as yet undiscovered.
The programme consists of the following:
For those with limited time, who are not able to devote the 3 weeks necessary for the full Darwin programme, the Darwin & Conservation programme is a tremendous, concentrated experience, to inspire individuals with the wonders of the natural world, the possibilities of science and the criticality of looking after our world today.
Modern thought is most dependent on the influence of DarwinErnst Mayr
You must be the change you wish to see in the worldMahatma Gandhi
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to changeLeon C. Megginson, Business Professor paraphrasing Darwin
Your descendants shall gather your fruitsVirgil
“A life-changing experience”
“We were particularly impacted by the challenges of conservation which we saw first-hand in our visits to the Galapagos – brilliant.”
If you are looking to book to attend this learning programme, please first check the schedule and then complete the short form to send us a booking enquiry.