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October 2018





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To strive against odds on behalf of all of life would be humanity at its most noble.
— E.O. Wilson

The mass extinction of the natural world ranks with pandemics and world war as among the deadliest threats that humanity has imposed on itself. In the past half-century, species that were once virtually innumerable have practically disappeared from the Earth. The rate of extinction is at least 1,000 times higher than at any time in Earth’s history. 

E.O. Wilson’s book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life is a call to protect half of the planet’s lands and oceans and end the extinction crisis facing our planet. Half-Earth Day 2018 will bring together leaders in conservation from around the world and across disciplines to share ideas, inspire innovative and impactful conservation successes with this audacious goal in mind.

The Half-Earth Project has science at its core and our moral obligation to the rest of life at its heart. In collaboration with our partners, we are working to power one of the grandest conservation efforts of our time, and provide the urgently needed research, leadership and engagement necessary to conserve half the planet for all of life.

Learn more at half-earthproject.org.


about us

The Half-Earth Project is an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation fosters a knowing stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage. For more information, visit www.eowilsonfoundation.org.

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If you have any questions about Half-Earth Day, please contact Kellie Laity, Communications and Development Coordinator, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, at (919) 613–8137 or klaity@eowilsonfoundation.org.