• Featuring the Half-Earth Project Team and

    Half-Earth Council, March 2-3 in Durham, NC

    Join Us for Biodiversity Days with E.O. Wilson
  • Support the Half-Earth Project and Be Part of a Global

    Movement to Conserve Half the Earth for the Rest of Life

    Engage in an Inspiring Goal
  • Vanishing Series Takes In-Depth Look at the Causes of

    and Solutions to the Extinction Crisis

    CNN Highlights E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth Solution
  • at NC Museum of Natural Sciences Town Hall with Greg Fishel

    Paula Ehrlich Discusses the Half-Earth Project
  • E.O. Wilson Delivers Opening Forum Keynote

    Half-Earth Met with Standing Ovations

    at IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016
  • Op-Ed in The New York Times

    Tom Friedman Champions E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth Solution
  • 2017 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Longlist

    Recommended Reading:
  • Available Now

    E.O. Wilson’s “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life”
  • Nominated for the News and Documentary

    Emmy Award: Outstanding Music and Sound Category

    "E.O. Wilson — Of Ants and Men"
  • 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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