E.O. Wilson recently spoke with Frank Graff from “North Carolina Science Now” about Half-Earth. Watch a segment from their interview below.
More about the Half-Earth Project: A Partnership to Save Half the Earth for the Rest of Life
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. To lose so much of Earth’s biodiversity is both to destroy our living heritage, and to risk the stability of the planet itself.
The Half-Earth Project offers a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem. As this century’s most eminent biologist E.O. Wilson advocates in his book, Half-Earth, 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.
The Half-Earth Project has science at its core and our transcendent 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 knowledge necessary to conserve half the planet for the rest of life.