"It can be done." Dr. E.O. Wilson's call to preserve the world's biodiversity. Image by Jon Han/New York Times (2016).
Dr. E.O. Wilson, emeritus professor at Harvard and member of SavingSpecies' Science Board writes in the New York Times to set out his bold vision for protecting Earth’s wildlife and biodiversity.
Wilson, who views the extinction crisis as "partly a practical challenge and partly a moral decision," has devoted his career--indeed his entire life--to studying and cataloging life on Earth and researching ways to preserve it.
Dr. Wilson’s strategy is to “vastly increase the area of refuges, from their current 15 percent of the land and 3 percent of the sea to half of the land and half of the sea…put together from large and small fragments around the world to remain relatively natural, without removing people living there or changing property rights.”
Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology, Harvard University, is a member of SavingSpecies' Science Advisory Board.
Dr. Wilson proposes that conservation should focus on forest fragments and on making connections between existing habitat. This approach has been the core of SavingSpecies' conservation strategy since our inception. Our strategy is encompassed in “CPR for Earth: Connect, Protect, Restore.” First, we locate isolated forest fragments. Then we buy land to create corridors, connecting the patches. This method increases viable habitat, giving wildlife more room to thrive. Over the longer-term our method improves genetic diversity for plants and animals, providing them the evolutionary raw material to overcome the challenges imposed by natural selection in the face of an increasingly changing climate.
Having Ed Wilson trumpet the clarion call for action—and highlight his world-saving strategy—from the pages of the New York Times is a powerful way to inform and inspire. We are honored that we can call Ed a colleague, and are grateful beyond words for his support of SavingSpecies, not to mention of course his many contributions to science, conservation and biodiversity.