This important new hall is devoted to the most pressing environmental issue
of our time - preserving the variety and interdependence of Earth's living
things, or "biodiversity," and its critical importance to human survival.
The Hall defines biodiversity, demonstrates its importance to life as we
know it, examines the major issues involved in preserving biodiversity, and
offers striking testimony to the extraordinary variety and beauty of life.
The exhibits in the Hall also document current species and habitat losses
and offer information on what individuals can do to help stem the tide of
extinction. In an era in which some 30,000 of Earth's estimated 10 million
to 13 million species go extinct each year, threatening all life on our
planet, the American Museum of Natural History is working to educate the
public about this critical issue. This hall plays a key role in those efforts.