april, 2023

25apr5:30 pm6:30 pmProtecting Half of Earth for All Life

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Join Northeast Wilderness Trust virtually for a talk with special guest Dennis Liu; watch from the comfort of your own home and participate in a Q&A discussion.

The goal for global conservation is Half, inspired by E.O. Wilson’s call to protect half of our precious planet for the rest of nature. Although the “America the Beautiful” campaign, the US implementation of 30 x 30, is a good start, it will not be enough to reverse the current extinction crisis and bring humanity into the safe zone. At this time, the US currently has about 15% of its land under formal protection for biodiversity, which matches the global percentage. Half-Earth’s goal of 50% is not reachable in the US through state and federal action alone. It must include conservation by non-profits, NGOs, and individuals—including the forever-wild lands Northeast Wilderness Trust protects. Half-Earth’s goal is to leave no species behind. Dennis Liu will feature stories of charismatic creatures like hummingbirds and dragonflies, and discuss how protecting one species often benefits others. He’ll also talk about what each of us can do as individuals and as communities to support all of the miraculous species we love and need.

Dennis Liu, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert in science education. Midway in his career, influenced by E.O. Wilson, he shifted his focus from molecular medicine to what Ed called “the little things that run the world,” – from ants to hummingbirds to pitcher plants, the millions of other species our very lives depend on. As Vice President of Education for the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Dennis works to carry forward Ed’s mission to protect our planet’s precious biodiversity now and for future generations. Dennis also serves on the boards of the American Chestnut Foundation, Homegrown National Park, and as Board President for the American Conservation Film Festival.


(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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