“If humankind finds a way to live in peace together, and in harmony with nature, Wilson will have played a unique role in that deliverance.”
“Wilson speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all.”
“Edward O. Wilson possesses a rare, almost unique, combination of immense scientific knowledge and deep humane intelligence.”
A partnership of the Half-Earth Project and the Mickey Hart Book Club
In his book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, E.O. Wilson writes that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. By protecting half the Earth’s lands and seas, we can ensure the bulk of biodiversity has the space it needs to thrive. Scientists and conservationists say it’s both necessary and achievable.
Leading up to an online book club event on June 10, E.O. Wilson’s birthday, we will feature several Half-Earth experts and cover various aspects of the book.
To begin, you can hear E.O. Wilson narrate the opening of his book, and download the Prologue to get a broad picture of what Half-Earth is all about. Then join us for these conversations live on our Facebook page.
Friday, May 1, 2pm: PAULA EHRLICH, President and CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project lead, will discuss how Half-Earth went from vision to action, and how everyone has a role in reaching the grand goal of half. Watch the conversation from May 1.
Friday, May 15, 2pm: WALTER JETZ, Yale University; Scientific Chair of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, will discuss the science behind Half-Earth, and how the Half-Earth Project team is determining which half of the planet needs to be conserved in order to protect the most species. Join the livestream.
Friday, May 29, 2pm: DENNIS LIU, Vice President of Education for the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and lead of the Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador program, will discuss how educators are inspiring the next generation of conservation stewards, and how students, parents and communities are making a difference on the path to half. Join the livestream or Zoom.
Wednesday, June 10, 2pm: We will hold an online BOOK CLUB to discuss the book, ask and answer questions, and share insights from readers of Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. Join Inaugural Half-Earth Chair and lead scientists at Gorongosa National Park PIOTR NASKRECKI, WALTER JETZ and PAULA EHRLICH, who will field reader questions and discussions about the book. Join the livestream or Zoom.