Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, by legendary biologist E.O. Wilson

June 11, 2021

(From Bioneers)

”In his book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, legendary biologist E.O. Wilson challenges humanity: “Only by committing half of the planet’s surface to nature can we hope to save the immensity of life-forms that compose it. Unless humanity learns a great deal more about global biodiversity and moves quickly to protect it, we will soon lose most of the species composing life on Earth. The Half-Earth proposal offers a first, emergency solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: By setting aside half the planet in reserve, we can save the living part of the environment and achieve the stabilization required for our own survival.” 

Although global biodiversity counts continue to plummet, leading global conservation actors have coalesced around a science-backed policy framework called The Global Deal For Nature, an effort to conserve, protect and restore 30% of the earth’s surface by 2030. At the same time, science is finally beginning to unravel the depths of nature’s complexity – and what they’re uncovering is truly astonishing: a glimpse into the innate wisdom within entire ecosystems. Taken together, the push for global biodiversity conservation and the exploration of the wisdom of the wild offer a glimmer of hope as we work towards restoring humanity’s right relationship with our home.

This week, learn from two of the planet’s leading scientists along with a cutting-edge philanthropic institution, all of whom are transforming how we protect and understand our planet.”