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Nature Conservancy Leader M. Sanjayan to Speak in Twin Cities May 10

Internationally renowned conservation biologist to headline second in Momentum 2012 event series

May 1, 2012

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What will it take to create a truly sustainable relationship with our environment? M. Sanjayan, lead conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy, will share his vision for rebooting the environmental movement Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.

“Just about everything you know about nature and how to save it may be wrong,” the internationally renowned biodiversity champion told an audience recently. In his Momentum 2012 talk, “Awakening the Environmental Movement,” Sanjayan will explore how engaging three often-ignored constituencies – the business community, the world's 2 billion poorest people, and today’s youth – may be just what it takes to allow people and nature to thrive together. Along with Sanjayan’s talk, the second of three in the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment’s popular Momentum event series, the evening will offer a featured performance by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company. Master of ceremonies will be IonE director Jonathan Foley.

An internationally renowned biodiversity champion, Sanjayan has spoken at widely recognized venues, including the World Forum on Sustainable Development, the International Women’s Forum and TED Global 2010. His work has received extensive print media coverage, from Vanity Fair to National Geographic Adventure, Outside to the New York Times. In 2007 he was featured as one of Men’s Journal's Heroes of 2007. He is a frequent guest on NBC’s “Today Show” and has appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” Read more about his thoughts on protecting biodiversity here.

The May 10 event, made possible by premier sponsor General Mills, media sponsor Minnesota Public Radio and others, is the second of three environment-themed evenings presented by IonE as part of its Momentum 2012 series. A video recording of the first event, featuring National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, will soon be available online at The third event, a talk by British environmental theologian Martin Palmer with a featured performance by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, will take place May 23. For tickets, contact the Northrop Box Office, 612-624-2345 or

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Nature Conservancy Leader M. Sanjayan to Speak in Twin Cities May 10
Nature Conservancy Leader M. Sanjayan

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