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Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network of creative minds dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.

Our Goals

• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact

What Is Biophilia?

The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

What Will We Do?

It all starts with good conversation! Biophilia: Pittsburgh will begin by meeting monthly at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Over delicious small-plates and light refreshments, a discipline or behavior will be identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. With your direction, we hope to expand the schedule to include off-site trips to biophilic regional destinations like nature preserves, green buildings, and urban gardens, and to plan and enact initiatives in our own community to make things better for people and the planet. Join the movement!

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Virtual Biophilia: Pittsburgh June Meeting

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### Virtual Biophilia: Don't Touch, Don't Eat, Don't Smell – A guided tour around Alnwick Garden's Poison Garden

*Important Note: The live version of this event will be at 11 am EST, to accommodate the time difference in the United Kingdom. However, Drs. Sarah States and Maria Wheeler-Dubas will be hosting a recording of the event at our normal 6 pm EST
Register to Attend
Join us virtually Thurs., July 7, for a “walk and talk” through the Poison Garden of Alnwick Castle — filled exclusively with around 100 toxic, intoxicating and narcotic plants. The boundaries of the Poison Garden are kept behind black iron gates which are only opened on guided tours, and visitors are strictly prohibited from smelling, touching or tasting any plants, although some people still occasionally faint from inhaling toxic fumes while walking in the garden. Join us for the safer, virtual, across-the-pond discussion about this unique display, and learn some of the dangers, stories and effects of the plants you find here — and many you may find in your own garden!
This special virtual tour will hosted by John Knox, the Lead guide at the Alnwick Poison Garden, and Dean Smith, a guide at the Alnwick Poison Garden.
Register in advance for the meeting here. The Zoom meeting will begin promptly at *11 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. (PST). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meetings are free to attend; however, advance registration is required. To R.S.V.P., please use this link.

July Virtual Environmental Film Series

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Please register on our Phipps website for this event (https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/calendar/detail/environmental-film-series)

### July Screening: Meat the Future

On Friday, July 15, join us for a conversation about the film Meat the Future. Imagine a world where real meat is produced sustainably without the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals. This is no longer science fiction, it’s now within reach. At the forefront of this urgent frontier is Mayo Clinic trained cardiologist Dr. Uma Valeti, the co-founder and CEO of Upside Foods (previously Memphis Meats), the leading start-up of the “cultivated” meat revolution. From the world’s first meatball which cost $18,000 per pound to the first chicken fillet and duck a l'orange for half the cost, the film follows Valeti and his team over five years as the cost of production plummets, and consumers’ eye the imminent birth of this timely industry. Exploring a game-changing solution, Meat the Future is narrated by Jane Goodall and features music by Moby. Register here to join us.

How to Attend:

R.S.V.P. in advance on our website (https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/calendar/detail/environmental-film-series). Upon registration, you will immediately receive a Zoom link to join the discussion about the film. You can watch the film on our website (https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/calendar/detail/environmental-film-series) or on YouTube (https://youtu.be/45jwIzO6D60).

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