David Attenborough, E.O. Wilson and Tim Smit come together for biodiversity talk on Half Earth Day


Sir David Attenborough and Sir Tim Smit on stage at the Royal Geographical Society yesterday with E.O. Wilson on the screen speaking remotely (Image: Jon Cottam)

Three key players in the fight to preserve biodiversity have come together for an inspiring event as part of Half-Earth Day.

Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and biologist E.O. Wilson engaged in a conversation hosted by Sir Tim Smit at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

The event, entitled How to Save the Natural World, was a collaboration between the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the Eden Project and was streamed live for free around the world in the run-up to the COP26 summit taking in place in Glasgow next month.

Professor Wilson said: “A few lifetimes from now, and then on for centuries to follow, humanity is going to be asking what did we think we were doing? Didn’t we realise the damage we  are now causing by stripping the planet of our own most precious natural heritage?”

Sir David said: “We don’t have decades. We have to take action right now and we have to persuade people all over the world to do things in their private lives and change their  lives if we’re to solve these problems.”

An edited film of the conversation including exclusive extra content will premiere as part of the Eden Project’s Festival of Discovery and be available to watch for free online.

Sir Tim has paid tribute to Sir David and Professor Wilson saying: “The conversation had a kind of friction to it but also great respect between two giants of our generation, both of whom will be remembered long after we are gone.”

The Festival of Discovery is a virtual festival curated by the Eden Project Communities team, who are also responsible for the UK’s annual community celebration The Big Lunch that saw more than million people take part in 2021 and will be part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

The festival is an exciting journey to explore a better future together for our planet and will take place between November 11 and 13.

The programme will celebrate life itself and will see speakers debating ideas for a more sustainable future and sharing top tips and activities people can do at home.

For more information about Eden’s Festival of Discovery see thefestivalofdiscovery.com

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