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Announcing: Momentum 2012

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BY JILLIAN STEIN

mom_2012logo_bubble_small.jpgAre you already thinking ahead to spring? We are! The Institute on the Environment is thrilled to announce the lineup for Momentum 2012, coming to the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis this April and May.

The Momentum event series brings top environmental visionaries to the Twin Cities for three evenings filled with engaging ideas and entertainment. Presenters will open your eyes and enrich your mind as they move the conversation forward from global problems to game-changing solutions. Blending science, the arts, social entrepreneurship and more, the Momentum series inspires new ways of looking at the world and our place in it.
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Kicking the series off April 5 will be Paul Nicklen, National Geographic photographer. Nicklen's gripping photos of wildlife in the Arctic, Antarctica and British Columbia capture the story of climate change from the perspective of those acutely feeling its effects. Told with wit and heartfelt sincerity, Nicklen's tales will leave audiences educated and inspired.

On May 10, Momentum is proud to host M. Sanjayan as its second featured speaker. Sanjayan is the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, and focuses his work around human well-being, Africa, wildlife ecology, media outreach and engaging the public about conservation issues. Named sanjayan.jpgone of Men's Journal's "Heroes of 2007," Sanjayan is a highly sought-after public speaker who uses creative ways to engage listeners about environmental issues.
 
Our final speaker May 23 will be Martin Palmer, secretary general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation based in Bath, England. Palmer's long career with ARC has brought him all around the world, helping major religious institutions develop environmental programs that reflect core teachings, beliefs and best practices. His insights on faith, the environment, and the critical need for collaboration are a powerful voice for the care and compassion of the natural world.

Entering its second year, the Momentum series is rapidly becoming the Midwest's central gathering place for ideas and dialogue on the environment. Watch out videos of last season's talks by Majora Carter, Hans Rosling and Sylvia Earle here - then check back in January for tickets sales for the new season, along with updates on event hosts and exciting entertainment pairings.


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