A special study day for outdoor leaders is to be held in the heart of the Lake District in Ambleside.
Journeys to Inspire Change is a one day symposium to explore leadership and sustainability, led by the Adventure and Environmental Awareness group.
Staged at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria, the event offers outdoor leaders the opportunity to consider the core values of leadership needed to encourage more sustainable living.
Participants will choose to explore issues on themed “journeys” with experts in the field. Outdoor philosopher and environmental campaigner Kate Rawles will look at local and global climate change, with Ruth Kirk, from the Friends of the Lake District.
Chris Loynes, reader in outdoor studies at the University of Cumbria, along with Richard Leafe, CEO of the Lake District National Park will lead a group tackling “landscapes – power, politics and values”. A third group will look at practical ways to connect with nature, led by Graham Watson of the John Muir Award and Amanda Luxmoore from Windermere Reflections.
Geoff Cooper, AEA Chairman said: “How many adventurers are aware of the delicate ecological balance and beauty of the environment through which they journey? How many of us accept responsibility for the environment and are prepared to take steps towards its conservation? We will address questions such as these and discuss sustainability and leadership at three levels by considering actions that can lead to personal, organisational and global change.”
Established in 1984, the Adventure and Environmental Awareness Group is made up of a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts and representatives of national and regional environmental and recreation organisations.
Bookings for the event on Friday July 4 can be made via the Institute for Outdoor Learning (01228 564580 / www.outdoor-learning.org) and cost £30 for the day, including a packed lunch. Call Amanda at Windermere Reflections on 015394 34401 for further details.