Proceeds from 19 city tour will support Half-Earth, the grand vision of renowned biologist, naturalist, author, Edward O. Wilson
Durham, NC, June 2, 2017 — Twelve-time Grammy winning musician and singer-songwriter Paul Simon is back on the road for a month-long U.S. tour to support the Half-Earth Project. The Half-Earth Project, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, is committed to stopping the species extinction crisis by conserving half the planet’s lands and oceans. By conserving half the Earth, humanity can save 85 percent or more of all species.
“I could not be more delighted that Paul Simon is helping raise awareness of Half-Earth. Paul believes strongly in our work to save the planet’s biodiversity,” said Edward O. Wilson. “Species are the basic units of biodiversity, yet we are driving them to extinction up to 1,000 times faster than before the coming of humanity. If we do not move quickly to reverse our negative effects on the rest of life, its diversity will be diminished drastically to our loss and even endangerment.”
Simon kicked off his month-long tour in St. Augustine, Florida, and will perform in 19 U.S. cities before wrapping up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All proceeds from the tour will be donated to the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to support the Half-Earth Project.
“The Half-Earth Project provides urgently needed research and leadership to care for our planet,” said Paula Ehrlich, President and CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. “The Half-Earth Project’s research programs are helping us better understand and care for our world. At the same time, we’re providing critical leadership to guide conservation efforts, and engaging people everywhere to participate in the goal to conserve Half-Earth. We’re asking everyone to take the Half-Earth Pledge and do what they can to preserve the Earth’s biodiversity. Together, as global citizens, we can protect the majority of species and our planet, the only home we will ever know.”
About the E.O. Wilson Foundation
The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation fosters a knowing stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage.
About the Half-Earth Project
The Half-Earth Project has science at its core and our moral obligation to the rest of life at its heart. In collaboration with our partners, we are working to power one of the grandest conservation efforts of our time, and provide the urgently needed research, leadership and engagement necessary to conserve half the planet for the rest of life. Learn more at www.eowbfdev.wpengine.com.
“The hat that hung on his microphone stand all night is finally worn for the second encore, The hat, he explains, is from The Half-Earth Project created by biologist and author, Edward Wilson. His foundation formed the initiative, named after his book, “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight For Life,” to aid in stopping the species extinction crisis by conserving half the planet’s land and oceans. Before playing “Questions For The Angels,” Simon announced that all the profits from this tour are going to his foundation.”
—Nick Bequette, from “Paul Simon: Still Crazy Good After All These Years.” Clture.org. June 8, 2017.