Leading Conservationists to Gather in Washington, D.C., to Celebrate Planet’s First-Ever Half-Earth Day: Inaugural, All-Day Event on Oct. 23 Features Special Guests, Including Eminent Biologist Edward O. Wilson and Legendary Recording Artist Paul Simon

The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation today announced the planet’s first Half-Earth Day to take place at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23. Studies show that if we conserve half of our land and seas, at least 85 percent of species will be protected from extinction. Half-Earth Day is a celebration and a call to action—bringing together leaders in conservation, from around the world and across disciplines, to share their ideas and inspire innovative and impactful conservation efforts with this audacious goal in mind.

Global conservationists, scientists and the general public will join renowned biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author Edward O. Wilson for the all-day, inaugural event, which is co-convened by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and National Geographic to highlight the work of research and conservation organizations working to explore and protect the living Earth.


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