Event 20

Josef H. Reichholf in conversation with Isabela del Alcázar

Dialogues with the Earth. Butterflies in danger of extinction

Venue: IE University

Butterflies are disappearing. The deterioration of their habitats due to the use of pesticides, industrial fertilizers and monoculture farming has meant that the numbers of these insects have dropped by 80% in the last fifty years, and the threat of their disappearance is becoming ever more real. The problem goes far beyond the sad loss of some wonderful insects: this is an ecological catastrophe. The renowned evolutionary biologist and ecologist Josef H. Reichholf, winner of the Sigmund Freud Award for Scientific Literature, has been studying lepidopterans for years, and is the author of The Disappearance of Butterflies, a fascinating work of non-fiction about these insects and a cry for help in the face of the disaster of their decline. In the book, Reichholf, who lectures in Ecology and Nature Conservation at the Technical University of Munich, calls for greater responsibility when it comes to preserving biodiversity, something that we owe to the planet and to future generations. As one example projects under her office: The Nurture Hub, a project founded by two students of the School of Architecture and Design and their mentor to create a space for relax for the students, enhance the biodiversity, raise awareness and attract indigenous pollinators, such as butterflies.

He will talk to Isabela del Alcázar, Global Head of Sustainability at the IE University.

Once the event has finished, the authors will sign books in the booth outside IE University.

Simultaneous translation from German to Spanish and vice versa

Price: €8.00 (EUR)
Josef H. Reichholf in conversation with Isabela del Alcázar