Scientists for a Half-Earth Future has been created as an umbrella mechanism to recognize scientists, scientific organizations, and research and technology innovations that are contributing to the goal of Half-Earth. Scientists for a Half-Earth Future includes not only biologists and conservation scientists, but also scientists working across diverse disciplines to contribute knowledge that supports our planet’s sustainability and contributes to the creation of a Half-Earth future.
Scientists working together to solve the world’s most pressing problem
The extinction rate is 1,000 times higher than before the global spread of humanity. As human impact on the environment grows, associated species loss compromises the stability of our planet. Through cutting-edge research, the Half-Earth Project is driving innovation to better understand our planet and how to best protect it. By mapping species at a high resolution, for example, Half-Earth Project scientists provide state-of-the-art guidance about what places we can best manage for conservation in order to protect the most species.
Scientists for a Half-Earth Future honors both the individual research and the collective leadership of scientists that are contributing to the goal of Half-Earth, and offers a convening campaign for scientists who wish to affiliate their research activities with the purpose-driven ambition of Half-Earth and the sustainable future of our planet.
Inaugural Scientists for a Half-Earth Future
The Half-Earth Project has nominated several scientific organizations to be inaugural pillars of the Scientists for a Half-Earth Future initiative, including the Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity, the University of California at Berkeley Rausser College of Natural Resources, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Scientists for a Half-Earth Future bring diverse voices and scientific leadership together, honoring their individual contributions, and creating the opportunity for novel, transdisciplinary collaborations to emerge in support of a Half-Earth future.
What does it mean to be a Scientists for a Half-Earth Future?
Scientists for a Half-Earth Future was developed as a mechanism for scientists, and the scientific organizations that represent them, to affiliate their research with the grand ambition of Half-Earth. Scientists for a Half-Earth Future convenes a broad range of scientific disciplines under one common goal, and creates the opportunity to collaboratively contribute their voices and knowledge in support of a broader understanding of our planet.
Scientists for a Half-Earth Future will be recognized for their unique and important contributions to a Half-Earth future. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the Half-Earth Project will acknowledge and feature Scientists and their research activities on its various communications and engagement platforms and at Half-Earth Day; showcasing their results and insights for the broader conservation community. In turn, researchers and scientific organizations that are part of Scientists for a Half-Earth Future will use their networks and affiliations to help promote a scientific movement culture that works to support E.O. Wilson’s (1929–2021) grand ambition for Half-Earth.