Beyer Introduces Half Earth Resolution On Birthday Of E.O. Wilson
Washington, June 10, 2022
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), author of the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, today introduced a resolution in support of the Half-Earth initiative, a proposal advanced by the late Dr. E.O. Wilson. Wilson, who passed away last year, was a famed biologist credited with coining the term “biodiversity.” He was born 93 years ago today.
“My friend E.O. Wilson sadly passed away last year, but his life’s work – the protection of our planet’s biodiversity – lives on,” said Beyer. “This legislation honors and supports one of E.O.’s last great dreams: the protection of half of the Earth’s lands and waters for the conservation of species. The global extinction crisis makes that work all the more important, and I will continue to work with colleagues and individuals and organizations committed to protecting our environment to advance this vital cause.”
“We thank Congressman Beyer’s office for the Half-Earth resolution,” said Paula J. Ehrlich, CEO and President of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and co-founder of the Half-Earth Project. “E.O. Wilson’s unbridled curiosity about the world transformed the imaginations of countless people, and his courageous research sharpened the perspectives of communities and governments. Half-Earth encourages and reminds us that we can make a positive difference for life on Earth. As E.O. Wilson wrote, ‘To strive against odds on behalf of all of life would be humanity at its most noble.’”