Half-Earth Day 2019

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October 7, 2019
University of California, Berkeley

Half-Earth Day brings together people from around the world and across disciplines to share their unique perspective and thought leadership on how we can successfully ensure the health of our planet for future generations.

Inspired by renowned biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, Half-Earth is a call to conserve half the Earth’s land and sea in order to provide sufficient habitat to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity, including ourselves.

Half-Earth Day is an annual celebration and opportunity for scientists, conservationists, community representatives, decision-makers, and educators to share their progress towards biodiversity conservation and inspire fresh energy and engagement.

Join us for an exciting day of programming at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Last updated: July 17, 2019

 

Take a look back at Half-Earth Day 2018.

Half-Earth Day Program Highlights

Half-Earth: Pathways to a Half-Earth Future

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Clark Kerr Campus
Building 10 and Conference Center

Convening a conversation about a Half-Earth future, the day will feature a diversity of lectures, panels and workshops, including parallel educator, business, public policy, science and technology tracks.

Half-Earth: How to Save the Natural World

7:00-9:00 pm
Cal Performances
Zellerbach Hall

Featuring the Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity, with biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, award-winning actress and environmental advocate Glenn Close, and other special guests.

Half-Earth: Pathways to a Half-Earth Future

Morning Sessions

9-9:50am – Opening Plenary

  • Getting to Half

    The Half-Earth Project Map is a high-resolution, dynamic world map and decision-support tool that guides where place-based species conservation activities are needed the most to save the bulk of Earth’s species, including humans. Building on cutting-edge science, analytics and technology, the Half-Earth Project is mapping the fine distribution of species across the globe to identify the places where we can protect the highest number of species. By determining which blocks of land and sea we can string together for maximum effect, we have the opportunity to support the most biodiverse places in the world as well as the people who call these paradises home.

    The Half-Earth Project team will provide a tour of this ground-breaking technological tool at the core of the Half-Earth effort to provide species the space they need to thrive, a ensure healthy planet for future generations.

10-10:50am – Breakout sessions

  • « Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador Workshop

    This 2-hour workshop will Introduce middle school and high school science teachers to the Half-Earth Project and a state-of-the-art interactive tool for mapping the world’s biodiversity. Participants will get an overview of a newly-tested hands-on activity that brings mapping, biodiversity, and conservation biology to your students tied to middle school and high school curricula and standards. Participants will receive a copy of Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson.

    Workshop lead: Dennis Liu, Vice President for Education, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the Half-Earth Project

    By invitation.

  • « Companies for a Half-Earth Future

    Biodiversity has both intrinsic and economic value. This truth should be the basis of how we organize society, and how businesses structure their strategies.

    Companies for a Half-Earth Future recognize the value of biodiversity and are working to incorporate Half-Earth-compatible practices into their daily processes, their strategic planning and decision-making, and their shareholder valuations, including:

    • reducing the use of natural resources and reducing negative impacts in places where natural resources are extracted.
    • supporting Half-Earth compatible policies (rather than lobbying against them for purely economic reasons)
    • providing resources and improving technologies for conservation organizations to achieve the Half-Earth goal
    • supporting lifestyle, infrastructure, innovation and education compatible with the Half-Earth vision

    Speaker: Dennis Pamlin, Entrepreneur and Founder of 21st Century Frontiers.

  • « Ocean Biodiversity Conservation

    Description to come.

    Presenters: TBD

  • « Visualizing Half-Earth

    Building on cutting-edge science, analytics, and technology, the Half-Earth Project is mapping the fine distribution of species across the globe to determine which blocks of land and sea we can string together to protect the most species, and reach Half-Earth with maximum effect. Mapping this data in visually informative, actionable and compelling ways is critical to ensuring this ground-breaking tool’s effectiveness in the hands of decision-makers.

    Speaker: Craig Mills, CEO, Vizzuality

11-11:50am – Breakout sessions

  • « Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador Workshop - cont.

    This 3-hour workshop will Introduce middle school and high school science teachers to the Half-Earth Project and a state-of-the-art interactive tool for mapping the world’s biodiversity. Participants will get an overview of a newly-tested hands-on activity that brings mapping, biodiversity, and conservation biology to your students tied to middle school and high school curricula and standards. Participants will receive a copy of Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson.

    Workshop lead: Dennis Liu, Vice President for Education, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the Half-Earth Project

    By invitation.

  • « Business, Sustainability and Conservation

    Description to come.

    Presenter: TBD

  • « California Biodiversity

    Description to come.

    Presenter: TBD

  • « Mapping Half-Earth for Decision-Making

    Description to come.

    Presenter: TBD

12-12:50pm – Lunch – provided

Afternoon Sessions

1-1:50pm – Plenary Session

The Future of Conservation

2-2:50pm – Breakout sessions

  • « Engaging Next Generation Stewards

    Details to come.

  • Nature and Public Health

    Details to come.

  • « National Park Creation in China

    Details to come.

  • Reserves and Climate Adaptation

    Details to come.

  • « Biodiversity Inventory in Gorongosa

    Details to come.

3-3:50pm – Breakout sessions

  • « Environmental Literacy and Half-Earth in Schools

    Details to come.

  • Protecting Pollinators

    Details to come.

  • « Species Focused Area-Based Conservation, Terrestrial

    Details to come.

  • « Biodiversity Research, Zoos & Conservation

    Details to come.

4-4:50pm – Closing Plenary

Nature, Science and the Humanities:
We all have a role in Half-Earth

Half-Earth Day Evening Lectureship

Half-Earth: How to Save the Natural World

7:00-9:00 pm
Cal Performances
Zellerbach Hall

Featuring the Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity, with biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, award-winning actress and environmental advocate Glenn Close, and other special guests.

Half-Earth Day Speakers

E.O. Wilson

E.O. Wilson is currently Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, Chairman of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Board of Advisors, and Chairman of the Half-Earth Council.

  • More about E.O. Wilson

    Edward Osborne Wilson is generally recognized as one of the leading scientists in the world. He is also recognized as one of the foremost naturalists in both science and literature, as well as a synthesizer in works stretching from pure biology across to the social sciences and humanities. Wilson is acknowledged as the creator of two scientific disciplines (island biogeography and sociobiology), three unifying concepts for science and the humanities jointly (biophilia, biodiversity studies, and consilience), and one major technological advance in the study of global biodiversity (the Encyclopedia of Life). Among more than one hundred awards he has received worldwide are the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Crafoord Prize (equivalent of the Nobel, for ecology) of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the International Prize of Biology of Japan; and in letters, two Pulitzer Prizes in non-fiction, the Nonino and Serono Prizes of Italy and COSMOS Prize of Japan. For his work in conservation, he has received the Gold Medal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Audubon Medal of the Audubon Society.

Walter Jetz

Walter Jetz is Scientific Chair of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and lead for the Half-Earth Project Map. He is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Adjunct Professor in the School of Forestry and the Environment at Yale University.

  • More about Walter Jetz

    Dr. Jetz is Director of the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, which links scientists, students and practitioners engaged in the environment, biological, informatics, policy or health aspects and implications of global biodiversity change. He also leads the Map of Life, which consolidates global biodiversity distribution data sources into a single asset to provide the best possible species range information and species lists for any geographic area worldwide. Dr. Jetz’ work addresses patterns and mechanisms of changing biodiversity distribution and the resulting implications on conservation and environmental management. His research combines remote sensing, phylogenetic, functional, and spatiotemporal biodiversity data with new modeling approaches and informatics tools. Dr. Jetz is particularly interested in how environmental, ecological, and macroevolutionary mechanisms combine to determine the co-occurrence of species and the structure of species assemblages. In addition to his work at Yale, Dr. Jetz chairs the IPBES Task Group on Biodiversity Indicators and is Co-Lead of the GEO BON Working Group on Species Distributions. Dr. Jetz was previously a professor of biological sciences at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Jetz earned his MSc in Integrative Bioscience and DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford.

Craig Mills

Craig Mills is CEO of vizzuality. He is responsible for figuring out what problems we should be trying to solve. Craig has seen first hand the power of combining elegant design with technology and science to help solve really very difficult challenges.

  • More about Craig Mills

    Craig has spent over 20 years working as a data activist, first with the UK government to map and model the movement of depleting fish stocks and the fishing fleets chasing them. From there Craig went on to the UN Environment Programme where he led teams of engineers and designers working on communicating biodiversity and land planning mapping. Now at vizzuality, Craig works with the biggest non-profits and governments in the world – from the White House to the World Resources Institute, Conservation International to Care, The European Space Agency to NASA – to design applications that inform people’s learning and perspective and shape their decisions to improve our planet.

Dennis Liu

Dennis Liu is Vice President of Education at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. A nationally recognized expert in science education, Dennis Liu directed the production of educational media at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and before that with Videodiscovery, and Microsoft designing multimedia science education programs.

  • More about Dennis Liu

    Dennis has worked with scientists, education specialists, graphic designers, animators, and filmmakers to produce an array of educational products that have had a lasting impact on science education. Dennis has managed teams devoted to assessing and assuring the educational impact of media, including professional development and community building. He’s been an executive producer and editorial advisor on over a dozen film projects for theatre, broadcast television, large screen, and digital science programs aimed at educational audiences and the general public.

    Dennis studied zoology at the University of Wisconsin, earned a PhD in Biology from the University of Oregon, then conducted research and taught in the Department of Genetics at the University of Washington. He has a passion for explaining diverse science to diverse audiences, and has advised on numerous museum exhibits and media projects. He wrote a regular feature for the journal Life Sciences Education.

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Half-Earth Day Sponsors

Support for Half-Earth Day provided by E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation partner Burt’s Bees.

Questions about Half-Earth Day? Please contact Chris Heltne, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation,
at (984) 219–2279 or 
cheltne@eowilsonfoundation.org.