"To strive against the odds on behalf of all life would be humanity at its most noble."
This quote from famed naturalist E.O. Wilson captures his commitment to the preservation of global biodiversity and is one of the most important initiatives of the modern age. His clarion call to conserve half the land and sea to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity, including ourselves, is being introduced to Vermont by a group of concerned citizens.
During the week of February 17th, 2019, the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, in concert with the Vermont Half-Earth Council, will hold a series of lectures and events across the state to educate teachers, students and citizens about the importance of species preservation around the world and to catalyze action.
Join teachers, interested citizens and conversation professionals at the workshop, “E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth Project Debuts in Vermont.” We will explore the latest research on biodiversity’s role in healthy ecosystems and learn about the work of the E.O. Wilson Foundation and the Half-Earth Project. The workshop will showcase the Foundation’s new Map of Life. Meet members of Vermont’s Half-Earth Council and discuss early plans to bring Half-Earth to life in the Winooski Watershed - one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the state, and one of the most fragile - and offer guidance on this new undertaking.
Our speaker and featured guest will be Dennis Liu, PhD, Vice President for Education, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. A longtime friend and collaborator with Dr. Wilson, Dennis has recently joined the Half-Earth Project to focus on bringing the Half-Earth vision to educators and students. “I’m so excited to visit and help to kick-off such an important vision of Half-Earth for Vermont, and to meet members of the Vermont Half-Earth community,” says Liu.
The workshop is being hosted and sponsored by the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.
Joining as cosponsors are:
- University of Vermont Field Naturalist Program
- Northeast Wilderness Trust
- Vermont Natural Resources Council
- Friends of the Mad River
- Audubon Vermont
To attend, you must register here. Please do so soon as seating is limited. Also, feel free to share this invitation with colleagues and friends committed to protecting Vermont’s biodiversity.
The event is free. Light refreshments will be available.
E.O. Wilson’s work demonstrates that biodiversity leads to healthy, vibrant ecosystems, including those in which humans play a role. But his work also shows that for biodiversity to exist, it must have space—and that’s what the global Half-Earth Initiative addresses. We have an obligation to the planet, and all the species that live on it, including ourselves, to ensure a healthy biosphere—and the Half-Earth Initiative is the first step in that direction. It begins here, in Vermont, with the Winooski Watershed. Please join us.
If you would like more information on the workshop, the week’s other events or Half-Earth Vermont, please contact Curt Lindberg at 609-647-9832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Vermont Half-Earth Council:
Sean Beckett, North Branch Nature Center
Lindy Biggs, E. Montpelier Energy Committee
Chip Darmstadt, North Branch Nature Center
Jennifer Esser, Eddy Foundation and Richmond Free Public Library
Sandra Fary, Camel’s Hump Middle School
Curt Lindberg, Facilitator, Half-Earth Vermont
Rick Paradis, North Branch Nature Center and University of Vermont
Walter Poleman, University of Vermont
George Schenk, American Flatbread, Warren Conservation Commission
Steven Shepard, Shepard Communications
Brian Shupe, Vermont Natural Resources Council
Charlie Wanzer, Twinfield School