The mission of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation is to reimagine the way we care for our planet.
The Half-Earth Project inspires informed collective action to save the biosphere.
“The Half-Earth proposal offers [a solution] commensurate with the magnitude of the problem:
…only by setting aside half the planet in reserve, or more, can we save the living part of the environment and achieve the stabilization required for our own survival.”
– E.O. Wilson (1929-2021)
Learn more about impact in the 2021-2022 E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Impact Report.
The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation is shaped by the inspiration and guidance of Edward O. Wilson (1929–2021), who was named one of the century’s leading environmentalists by both Time and Audubon Magazine. A Professor Emeritus at Harvard, E.O. Wilson was the greatest living scientist of our time. As a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and winner of over 100 awards, Wilson spoke about the urgent need for broader research and understanding of our biodiverse planet in order to protect key species and avoid unintended destruction of the ecosystems that sustain our lives. Wilson warned, “The loss of a keystone species is like a drill accidentally striking a power line. It causes lights to go out all over.” The inadvertent degradation of the natural world can be slowed, or even halted, however, through biodiversity research that expands our understanding of our ‘little known planet’ and that innovates in helping us to learn how to best care for it.
Our impact will ultimately be measured by a long-term sea change in perspective and in the way we live our lives. We are shaped by the inspiration and guidance of Edward O. Wilson (1929–2021) and welcome the collaboration of those who share his vision and sense of urgency about humanity’s role in shaping our environment and the future of life.
Read the Half-Earth Project 2021 Case Statement about how we engage the world with the hopeful solution of Half-Earth.
Our projects drive toward a culture of stewardship in which people are inspired to conserve and protect. Please join us in our work by making a tax-deductible contribution. We are public charity, and depend upon your donation for our support.
Or send checks (payable to E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation) to:
E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
300 Blackwell Street
Durham, NC 27701
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