Half-Earth Day is an annual celebration and opportunity for scientists, conservationists, community representatives, decision-makers, and educators to share their progress towards biodiversity conservation and inspire fresh energy and engagement.
The focus of Half-Earth Day 2018 was the role that indigenous peoples and local communities play in biodiversity conservation. The event explored how indigenous peoples and local community’s visions and ongoing initiatives inform conservation, and how collaboration with these communities is key to the success of conservation efforts such as Half-Earth.
The evening event featured a conversation with E.O. Wilson and legendary recording artist Paul Simon about Half-Earth and efforts to save the natural world, moderated by The New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, in the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Distinguished Lectureship in Biodiversity.