• View Photo Gallery and Tributes from the Evening

    Half-Earth Project Launches at

    E.O. Wilson Celebration in New York City
  • “Could We Set Aside Half the Earth for Nature?”

    The Guardian Review of “Half-Earth”
  • From the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Apple

    Explore New Earth Day Lessons on iPad
  • Available Now

    E.O. Wilson’s “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life”
  • Lauren Redniss Wins Award for “Thunder & Lightning:

    Weather Past, Present, Future”

    2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
  • Help Save The Immensity Of Life Upon Which We Absolutely Depend,

    And Which Depends Upon Us

    Join Us In Our Work To Protect Biodiversity

    And Care For Our Planet
  • Nominated for the News and Documentary

    Emmy Award: Outstanding Music and Sound Category

    "E.O. Wilson — Of Ants and Men"
  • Photographs from the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

    Now on Display at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University

    “Inspired by Nature” Exhibition
  • A Rich Video Collection of E.O. Wilson Across Decades

    With Footage from Biodiversity Days and Other Lectures

    Watch Again: Inspiration from E.O. Wilson

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life

"Half-Earth" proposes an achievable plan to save our imperiled biosphere: devote half the surface of the Earth to nature.

In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. "Half-Earth" argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature.

More Information About the Half-Earth Project


  • Our Approach
    1. Innovative educational engagement that creates a fuller sense of the importance of the living environment and inspires action.
  • Our Approach
    2. Model field research that helps us understand what is there and how to best care for it.
  • Our Approach
    3. Transformation of vital natural areas into classrooms and places for education and compassionate involvement.

By enhancing our public understanding of biodiversity, we can foster a culture of stewardship in which people are inspired to conserve and protect the natural world.




Inspired by Nature

A Collaborative Storytelling Project
In May 2013, students from all over the country came to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve near New Orleans, Louisiana, for a National Park Service/National Geographic BioBlitz. Together, they developed a sense of awe about the natural world as they worked together with volunteer scientists, teachers, and other community members to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible within the 24-hour event.
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