West London Humanists and Secularists

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Please do feel free to contact us on social media, or contact us by email, if you have any questions or concerns about any of our events.

For details of our past events, please visit our Meeting Reports page.


Thursday 20 Sep 2018
Save the honeybee?

"Save the honeybee" stories are never far from the news, but is the species really under threat? And should environmentalists be interested in them at all? Queen bees are traded around the world, and honeybee populations are dependent on the work of beekeepers — they arguably shouldn't even be seen as wildlife. Whilst honeybees are a focus of media attention, few people could name a single one of the thousands of plants faced with extinction. If we are to base our ethical decisions on reason and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals, we need to give more thought to our focus when protecting the natural world.

Our guest Dr Rebecca Nesbit will explore how we decide on conservation priorities, including the relative merits of the honeybee and the hairworm. As part of this discussion, she will argue that the evidence for the EU’s widely-publicised ban on neonicotinoid pesticides is not as clear cut as is presented in the news.

Rebecca is an ecologist and writer with a particular interest in the science and ethics of setting conservation priorities. She studied butterfly migration for her PhD, and she now works in science communication. She has written two books: "Is that Fish in Your Tomato?" looking at the fact and fiction of GM foods, and the novel "A Column of Smoke".

Location: Ealing Quaker Meeting House.

Monthly socials

On the first Thursday of every month from 7:30pm, join us for socialising and relaxed conversation about anything and everything at Crispins Wine Bar in Ealing.

This is mostly a quiet, sit-down affair perfect for discussions about the issues of the day.

Two or three committee members are regularly present. These socials are often a point-of-entry for people previously unfamiliar with the humanist community and/or with WLHS. We always look forward to welcoming such new attendees in particular, whatever their world view.


Main monthly meetings

On the third Thursday of every month except August, we have our main meeting at Ealing Quaker Meeting House, for which there is a £4 attendance fee (£3 for WLHS members) to cover venue hire costs. The upcoming programme for these meetings is given below:


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