E.O. Wilson and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation traveled to the United Kingdom last fall in support of the MEMO Project. Included in the schedule of events was a dinner hosted by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.
In the spring of 2014, the Foundation entered into a collaboration with the MEMO Project to expand the monument’s reach to global, wide-ranging audiences. Within this partnership, the Foundation will support off-site and online activities that will inspire and connect people with MEMO wherever they are, and build a renewed movement culture of citizens who are engaged in activities to preserve the living world. E.O. Wilson is also serving as a Patron of the MEMO Project.
“We can’t go and live on Mars. This is our speck of the universe and there is only one. What are we thinking of allowing it to be damaged?”—HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, MEMO dinner, Buckingham Palace, 5th November 2014.
MEMO is a spectacular monument, a beacon celebrating life on earth and honoring the species we have lost. It is a physical and virtual gathering place that fosters understanding of the importance of every species within the intricate web of life. Located on England’s Isle of Portland, a Geological World Heritage Site, this cliff-top stone structure is an art-science collaboration created by sculptors from around the world. MEMO is the seed and soul of a renewed public engagement with biodiversity and species extinction, building knowledge and inspiring global action to address this vital moral issue of our time.
See photographs from the Buckingham Palace reception below: