Earlier this month, conservation leaders across disciplines joined together at UC Berkeley for Half-Earth Day, an annual event organized by the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. Inspired by renowned biologist and author Edward O. Wilson, Half-Earth is a call to conserve half of the planet to safeguard biodiversity. The conference explores how conservationists of all stripes can make progress toward this goal.
David Miller, President of Island Press, joined the conference this year, introducing Wilson during one of the sessions. Miller presented on the 25th anniversary re-release of Wilson’s autobiography Naturalist, and offered a sneak peek of its upcoming graphic adaptation. The audience got to see some of the panels created by Jim Ottaviani and illustrator CM Butzer.
“EO Wilson’s story inspires curiosity and excitement about nature and science. We hope that this graphic adaptation will bring his legacy to a new audience and inspire the next generation of naturalists. It is more urgent than ever to engage young people in protecting nature,“ said Miller.
Watch the video of the event below!