Threats to the natural world are multiplying. Species are going extinct at an alarming rate.
“Unless we move quickly to protect global biodiversity, we will soon lose most of the species composing life on Earth.”—E.O. Wilson.
There’s a solution. It’s called the Half-Earth Project. If we conserve half the land and sea, we can still safeguard the bulk of our planet’s biodiversity.
Can we protect half the Earth? We can if we want to.
Learn more about E.O. Wilson’s grand vision for Half-Earth, and how the Half-Earth Project will bring it to life.
If we conserve half the land and sea, 85% of species will be protected from extinction. The Half-Earth Project’s programs convene expert partners and leaders in an inspiring campaign to raise conservation efforts to a new level and enhance our resilience. The Half-Earth Project will 1) drive the research needed to better understand and care for our world, 2) provide leadership to guide conservation efforts, and 3) engage people to participate broadly in the transcendent goal to conserve Half-Earth.
On May 18, 2016, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History hosted a special evening before a packed house with celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson.
E.O. Wilson discussed his life and new book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History. The evening was a special opportunity to hear Wilson’s recent and thought-provoking proposal to devote half the surface of the Earth to nature.
"How to Save Life on Earth, According to E.O. Wilson," originally broadcast on PBS Newshour, April 28, 2016: Biologist and Pulitzer winner E.O. Wilson has spent his life studying animals and fighting for their conservation. As species go extinct at 1,000 times the normal rate thanks to human interference, Wilson’s new book Half-Earth holds a bold plan to preserve the world’s biodiversity: set aside half of the entire planet for natural habitats. Jeffrey Brown talks to Wilson for more.
E.O. Wilson explains the reasoning behind setting aside "Half of the Earth" in an interview with M. Sanjayan at the 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit.
“In this century humanity, if you will, is passing through a bottleneck of overpopulation and environmental destruction. At the other end, if we pass through safely and take most of the rest of Earth’s life forms with us, human existence could be a paradise compared to today.”—E.O. Wilson
In these presentations, E.O. Wilson, Jim McClintock, Greg Carr and Stuart Pimm explore a bold new strategy for protecting biodiversity in vital places around the world. E.O. Wilson introduces his vision for “Half Earth”—the permanent networks of protected and interconnected wild landscapes that are necessary to ensure the survival of the 10 million other species with which we share the planet. The lecture is followed by a deep panel discussion of unique ideas, practical experiences, and creative solutions that can bring this goal to life with the finest boots-on-the-ground researchers and conservationists.