The Half-Earth Project® presents the third in a new discussion series, “Places and Voices of America the Beautiful: Cities and Biodiversity.” The online discussions are focused on areas of great biodiversity in the United States and the pathways and people essential to protecting them. The discussions are free and open to the public with registration.
Cities and the concentrated development and habitation they entail can give rise to heat islands, food deserts, stark inequities and other inhospitable dynamics for life. They can also, with cutting-edge planning and commitment to inclusivity and communities, nurture human communities as well as wild species, including against the impacts of climate change. The UN estimates that by 2030, cities will be home to 60% of Earth’s population. Meanwhile, they support surprising levels of biodiversity—research indicates as much as 20% of avian species may be captured by cities. As both centers of influence as well as impacts, cities matter for nature, and nature matters for cities.
Against the backdrop of the current push for 30x30, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation is convening ambassadors of conservation in American cities for a conversation on the opportunities and challenges in trying to help nature and people thrive together with equity and inclusion in these spaces. This talk will be the third in a series focused on areas of great biodiversity and the pathways and people essential to protecting them. Specifically, we aim to bring new voices into the conversation regarding Biden’s America the Beautiful plan.
Format: One-hour panel discussion with Q&A.
1. Myriam Dondzina, Deputy Director, The Nature Conservancy Cities Network
2. Deja Perkins, PhD Student, Center for Geospatial Analytics, NC State
3. Amy Rosenthal, Director of the Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum; Chicago Wilderness Steering Committee
4. Robert McDonald, Lead Scientist for Nature-Based Solutions, The Nature Conservancy