• Study Shows “Half-Earth” Doubles Gains for Orangutans

    Orangutan Biodiversity in Borneo
  • A Conversation in Celebration of Half-Earth Day 2022

    Our Shared Future
  • Wildlife Corridor Protection, Partnerships

    and Strategies at Half-Earth Day

    Saving America’s Biodiversity
  • Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) Introduces

    Resolution on E.O. Wilson’s Birthday

    Half-Earth Resolution
  • Reflections of Faith on 30x30

    Featuring Gary Paul Nabhan, Ruah Swennerfelt, and James Lockman

    Places and Voices of America the Beautiful
  • An interview with E.O. Wilson (1929–2021), Paula Ehrlich and Sir Tim Smit

    Half-Earth, Conservation, and Hope
  • Harvard’s Modern-day Darwin Warns

    Against Humanity’s Downward Slope

    E.O. Wilson (1929–2021)


OUR SHARED FUTURE

A CONVERSATION IN CELEBRATION OF

HALF-EARTH DAY 2022

HALF-EARTH DAY 2022

This live event at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, in Washington, D.C. on October 13, featured Ani Dasgupta, President & CEO, WRI, James M. & Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity; Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science and Research at the Smithsonian, Paula J. Ehrlich, President & CEO, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Co-founder of the Half-Earth Project, Elizabeth Gray, CEO, Audubon, Cristián Samper, Managing Director and Leader of Climate Solutions, Bezos Earth Fund, Jennifer Morris, CEO, The Nature Conservancy, Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist, Esri, Adams Cassinga, National Geographic Explorer, Lucas St. Clair, President, Elliotsville Foundation, Sean B. Carroll, Head of Studio, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, with Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist and TV host, and more.

The day featured additional speakers and plenary discussions as we address area-based conservation approaches to the biodiversity extinction crisis.
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WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM

OUR SHARED FUTURE OPENING REMARKS

HALF-EARTH DAY 2022

View highlights from the Opening Remarks featuring: Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary of Science and Research, Smithsonian Paula J. Ehrlich, President & CEO, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from Half-Earth Day 2022 in October.
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SAVING AMERICA'S BIODIVERSITY:

WILDLIFE CORRIDOR PROTECTION

PARTNERSHIPS, AND STRATEGIES

HALF-EARTH DAY 2022

Wildlands Network , E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, ARC Solutions, Endangered Species Coalition, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Wilderness Society, in cooperation with hosts Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), and Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) held, “Saving America’s Biodiversity: Wildlife Corridor Protection, Partnerships and Strategies with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.”

Panel discussions took place at U.S. Capitol featured Audubon, Wildpath, Esri, Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative, Hipcamp and more.
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THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT®


“Unless we move quickly to protect global biodiversity, we will soon lose most of the species composing life on Earth.” —E.O. Wilson (1929–2021).

Threats to the natural world are multiplying.
Species are going extinct at an alarming rate.

There’s a solution. It’s called the Half-Earth Project®, the signature program of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. If we conserve half the land and sea, we can still safeguard the bulk of our planet’s biodiversity.

But what would Half-Earth look like? How would we get there?
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NEWS FROM THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT



STUDY SHOWS HALF-EARTH

DOUBLES GAINS FOR ORANGUTANS

A new study assesses what would happen to Bornean orangutans in the next decade under different management assumptions, including “Half-Earth.”

Hutan-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme Scientific director Dr. Marc Ancrenaz commented in Borneo Echo, “The good news is that this analysis predicts that, if orangutan killing and habitat loss were stopped, orangutan populations could rebound and reach 148 per cent of their current size by 2122.”

Erik Meijaard, PhD, a study co-author and Director, Borneo Futures, sat down with Dennis Liu, VP Education, to discuss restoring orangutans and applying the Half-Earth principles in his work in Borneo.
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UNPRECEDENTED RESOLUTION

NEW TOOLS, FEATURES ADDED

TO BIODIVERSITY MAP

Update to Half-Earth Project Map - improved resolution with 1KM species richness, rarity layers, new carbon layer, marine data, new personalization tools.

Ahead of COP27, COP15, the Half-Earth Project Map is announcing a host of new tools and features to show patterns of biodiversity, human impacts, and protected areas to reveal conservation opportunities.

A new carbon layer shows how to protect species and address climate change.
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THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT:

PAULA EHRLICH JOINS ECUMENICAL

BIODIVERSITY CELEBRATION

Shemá: Biodiversity, Franciscans, and the Season of Creation:”For a Present that has a Future”

The Half-Earth Project joined the discussion as part of “The Season of Creation” an annual ecumenical Christian celebration to “listen and respond together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect our common home” led by the Franciscan Order.

Rosa María Ruiz
Brother Erlison Campos
Father Jacek Orzechowski
Paula J. Ehrlich
Moderated by Nora Pfieffer
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BEYER INTRODUCES HALF-EARTH RESOLUTION

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) introduces resolution on E.O. Wilson's birthday.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), author of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, today introduced a resolution in support of the Half-Earth initiative, a proposal advanced by the late Dr. E.O. Wilson. Wilson, who passed away last year, was a famed biologist credited with coining the term “biodiversity.” Rep. Don Beyer met with Dr. Wilson in 2016, and shortly afterwards introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, which would establish a National Wildlife Corridors System. Image: (l-r) Rep. Beyer, Rep. Tom Udall (D-NM) and E.O. Wilson in 2017.
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PLACES AND VOICES

OF AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL:


Reflections of Faith on 30x30


A special panel in honor of E.O. Wilson's birthday, join our discussion series on 30x30, biodiversity in the United States, and the pathways and people essential to protecting them, featuring:

Gary Paul Nabhan, ethnobotanist and author
Ruah Swennerfelt of the Transition Movement
James Lockman, horticulture expert, Franciscan brother, and restoration ecologist

For more information here.
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URBAN SPACES CAN HELP SUSTAIN SPECIES


Cities can be part of the solution in sustaining species

A newly published study based on the Map of Life found that a
projected urban expansion of up to 1.53 million square kilometers over
the next three decades threatens the survival of more than 800 species—
but also that a focus on urban planning that protects habitats can mitigate the impact.
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THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT:

MAHB APPEARANCE

A Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere Dialogue with Dr. Paula Ehrlich

"The math predicts as a principle that if we protect half the Earth, we’ll be able to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity. So, as we all lean forward with a renewed awareness that our fate is dependent on the care and maintenance of our planet, we need a path to follow." - Dr. Paula Ehrlich
The President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and co-founder of the Half-Earth Project sat down with the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere program at Stanford University to discuss the biodiversity crisis and the ambition of the Half-Earth Project to solve it.
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THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT:

PROJECT EDDIE WEBINAR APPEARANCE

Watch Dr. Dennis Liu and Dr. Matthew Heard discuss geospatial data for conservation

Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration) is a suite of education projects composed of STEM disciplinary and educational researchers
Human alteration of the landscape has increased the threat posed to biodiversity and increased the challenge of land conservation. In this webinar with Project EDDIE, Dennis Liu, VP of Education at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Matthew Heard from Belmont University explore how we can use geospatial data and tools to better understand biodiversity distribution patterns, threats to biodiversity, and how to best protect land moving forward. The webinar includes information about the education and outreach work of the Half-Earth Project, and the Educator Ambassador Program.


THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT:

ESRI PODCAST APPEARANCE

Listen to Dr. Paula Ehrlich's appearance on the Esri & the Science of Where podcast.

"Whatever our target is, where we pick to prioritize for conservation becomes particularly important because not all places are equally effective at protecting biodiversity." - Dr. Paula Ehrlich
Listen to Paula Ehrlich on Esri & the Science of Where. Paula Ehrlich, President and CEO at E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, talks about the Half-Earth Project–the initiative to protect half the land and sea to reverse the species extinction crisis. Esri Conservation Solutions Director David Gadsden investigates how technology is supporting biologist E.O. Wilson’s (1929–2021) vision of sustainable conservation across the globe.


THE HALF-EARTH PROJECT:

CLIMATE ONE PODCAST APPEARANCE

Listen to Dr. Paula Ehrlich's appearance on the Climate One podcast.

"If the goal is to protect the web of life for all of life to sustainability endure, then whatever our target is 30 by 30 or half where we pick to prioritize for conservation becomes particularly important." - Dr. Paula Ehrlich
Listen to Paula Ehrlich on Climate One. In this podcast, the Half-Earth Project sits down to talk about the global and US goal of "30X30" with Climate One. Paula discusses how innovative science and a shift in consciousness can guide an approach to the extinction crisis with Half-Earth as the inspiration for interim goals like setting aside 30% of land and seas for biodiversity by 2030. We also share how a changing climate and biodiversity can be tackled together. Later, in the podcast, Jen Norris, Catherine Spencer, and Woody Lee dive into the California 30x30 plan.


WHO WAS E.O. WILSON (1929–2021)?


Edward O. Wilson (1929–2021) was one of the leading scientists and among the foremost naturalists in the world.
Dr. Wilson was recognized in both science and literature, as a synthesizer in works stretching from pure biology across to the social sciences and humanities. Wilson was 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 two major advances in global biodiversity conservation (the Encyclopedia of Life and Half-Earth.

He received 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 received the Gold Medal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Audubon Medal of the Audubon Society.

E.O. Wilson passed away on December, 26, 2021 in Burlington, Massachusetts. He was 92.
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TRIBUTES TO E.O. WILSON'S LIFE

From around the world, tributes, condolences, and remembrances of Dr. Wilson are being shared.

“The world lost a great scientist and I, a dear friend, with the passing of E.O. Wilson. Ed was an intellectual giant and a gentle, humble, compassionate man. We were fortunate to have had him for 92 years.”
- Paul Simon
World leaders, distinguished scientists, former students, and conservation giants have offered their thoughts on the incredible impact and inspiration Dr. Wilson had on their lives.
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HONORING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES


Our Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
“The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and its program, The Half-Earth Project, honors the wisdom of the traditional owners of the lands and waters we aim to protect and their ancient ways of seeing and experiencing nature. In the spirit of the oral tradition of the Blackfoot, we aim to honor ‘the flash of the firefly in the night, the breath of the buffalo in the wintertime, and the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.’ We aim to restore and protect life. We thank our Indigenous communities for their historic stewardship of life, their critical role in reaffirming and repairing our relationship with it and their present and future partnership.”

– Paula Ehrlich, President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Lead of the Half-Earth Project
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JUSTICE, EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION


The Half-Earth Project is calling on people everywhere to participate in a “moonshot” to care for our planet. Such efforts require broad collaboration across sectors and geographies and the contributions of diverse voices, perspectives, expertise and experience.

At the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, we acknowledge that centuries of racism, violence, discrimination and marginalization have obstructed participation of Black, Latinx, Indigenous and Asian people and communities of color in conservation globally. We acknowledge that barriers persist, despite the importance of these individuals and communities as both stakeholders and stewards, ones from whom the world has much to learn. Further, we recognize that the same people who have been systemically excluded from the process are disproportionately hurt by degraded air, lands and waters, perpetuating a cycle of harm and exclusion.

We commit to be part of breaking this cycle. We commit to prioritizing listening and taking clear steps externally and internally to combat racism and oppression of all types. We commit to working toward justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in our leadership, our programs, our strategic planning, our operations, our communications and our fundraising. We commit to creating a culture at the foundation that educates staff and stakeholders on the issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and holds opportunity for traditionally excluded groups to join in processes, activities and decision-making. We welcome and encourage feedback along the way.

We commit to understanding that this body of work IS our work if we are to achieve the goal of Half-Earth and benefit all people and species.