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At the Crossroads: Biodiversity, Civil Rights, and Science Education from the Black Belt to Paint Rock
May 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
Did you know Alabama has the highest biodiversity in the United States? The exceptional natural richness of Alabama is matched only by its rich human history. Perhaps the oldest paintings in North America are still visible in Alabama caves. And the modern Civil Rights movement grew out of the soils of Alabama as much as any other place in the country.
Alabama’s striking intersection of biological and human history, cultural heritage and diversity make it an important Place for a Half-Earth Future.
Join the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and its Half-Earth Project as we travel to Dr. Wilson’s home state in virtual conversation. We will hear about a new generation being trained in ground-breaking forest research methodology. We will also hear how–in an area the size of New Jersey–conservation is being promoted at a large scale and in novel ways while celebrating and supporting people and their needs.
E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Chief Marketing Officer Joel R. Johnson will moderate a panel conversation with President & CEO Paula Ehrlich and Principal Conservation Science Advisor Bill Finch, along with special guest partners: Patience Knight of the Paint Rock Forest Research Center and Phillip Howard of the Alabama River Diversity Network.