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Half-Earth Day

October 22, 2018

Featuring a conversation with E.O. Wilson and legendary recording artist Paul Simon about Half-Earth and how to save the natural world, moderated by The New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

Half-Earth Day brings together people from around the world and across disciplines to share their unique perspective and thought leadership on how we can successfully ensure the health of our planet for future generations.

Inspired by renowned biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson, Half-Earth is a call to conserve half the Earth’s land and sea in order to provide sufficient habitat to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity, including ourselves.

The focus of Half-Earth Day 2018 is the role that indigenous peoples and local communities can play in biodiversity conservation. The event will explore how indigenous peoples and local community’s visions and ongoing initiatives can inform conservation, and how collaboration with these communities is key to the success of conservation efforts.

Join the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History for a full day of programming.


Half-Earth Day Sessions

Half-Earth: Learning from Local Stewards

Time: 2–4:30 pm

The Half-Earth Day afternoon session will focus on the following questions:

•  Panel 1: How are indigenous peoples and local communities leading the way in nature stewardship? This panel will feature representatives from indigenous groups and communities who are leading local conservation efforts.


Enric Sala, Pristine Seas, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Moderator
Valérie Courtois, Indigenous Leadership Initiative, Canada

Chen Jin, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China
Tom Lalampaa, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya
Laura Macamo, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory, Gorongosa Restoration Project, Mozambique
Neovitus Sianga, African People & Wildlife, Tanzania

• Panel 2: How do these initiatives inform the Half-Earth vision? This panel will feature global conservation leaders addressing how locally-driven conservation initiatives can inform the aspirations of the global conservation community.


Eleanor Sterling, American Museum of Natural History, Moderator
Christopher Filardi, Nia Tero
Martín von Hildebrand, GAIA Amazonas, Colombia
Walter Jetz, Half-Earth Project, Yale
Laly Lichtenfeld, African People & Wildlife, Tanzania
Mirian Masaquiza, Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch, DESA, United Nations Headquarters NY


Half-Earth: How to Save the Natural World

Time: 6:30–8:30 pm

To conclude Half-Earth Day, biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson and legendary recording artist Paul Simon will hold a lively discussion 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. Join us for an illuminating conversation, with Q&A to follow.


About Half-Earth Day

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.

With science at its core and our transcendent moral obligation to the rest of life at its heart, the Half-Earth Project is powering one of the grandest conservation efforts of our time, advancing the urgently needed research, leadership and knowledge necessary to achieve Half-Earth. The Half-Earth Project is an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. 

The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation fosters a knowing stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage. For more information, visit www.half-earthproject.org and www.eowilsonfoundation.org.


Support for Half-Earth Day provided by E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation partner Burt’s Bees. 

Additional support from National Geographic Society and Nature and Culture International.