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"My father's success was to raise profound issues that transcended age, culture or class social."

The director of the Félix Rodríguez de la Foundation source gave a lecture lecture at the University of Navarra.

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Odile Rodríguez de la source at the University of Navarra
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13/12/13 11:18 Laura Latorre

"The core topic of my father's success was to raise profound and humanistic questions that transcend age, culture or social class ". This was stated by Odile Rodríguez de la source, director of the Félix Rodríguez de la Foundation source and daughter of the well-known naturalist and popularizer, at a lecture organized by the School of Sciences of the University of Navarra.

Odile Rodríguez de la source explained that the three main sources of her father's inspiration were: his childhood, "free and wild, which forged in him a sense of belonging to nature"; his programs of study of medicine, "which led him to prepare himself intellectually and to understand nature as an extrapolation of the human being. An interdependent whole where each piece has a reason for being". And finally, falconry, as one of his passions that allowed him to remain connected to the wild and free.

Rodríguez de la source remembered his father as a person passionate about what he did, full of curiosity and with great gifts for communicating the importance of caring for nature. "Hence, all children wanted to be like him," she stressed. "He was a human being capable of revealing our true nature through the mirror of nature."

To build and not to destroy, goal of the foundation
On the other hand, he explained that the goal of the Foundation he directs is"torecover the bequest of Félix Rodríguez de la source andrevitalize it: to raise public awareness of generating a change that improves and enriches human life, in the deepest sense of the word and of the nature that sustains it". One of his priorities is to build and not to destroy:"The challenges demand creativity and cooperation, our mission statement is to try to build a new stage of harmony and maturity", he explained.

Odile Rodríguez de la source is vice-president, general director, founder and trustee of the Félix Rodríguez de la Foundation source. A biologist from degree program and trained in film and television production in the USA, she has directed the magazine diary Viva: Ciencia y Medio Ambiente in Madrid and co-directed the documentary Félix Rodríguez de la source broadcast on TVE in 2005.

The lecture "Felix's vision as an engine of change towards a new stage of humanity" is the first of a series of activities organized on the occasion of the implementation of the new Degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Navarra, which will be taught at the academic center starting next year.