Springtime Half-Earth Celebrations

Spring is the season of re-awakening, and around the world Earth Day celebrations have grown to make April Earth Month. Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassadors and students celebrated places and species throughout the US and beyond this spring.

Suffield Sustainability Council

The student-run Suffield Sustainability Council hosted an amazing Earth Day Fair on the historic Suffield, CT town green. Hundreds gathered, including 450 high school students to hear inspiring talks from planet walker John Francis, Dan Kinzer (Future Navigators, Hawaii), student activist Sena Wazer, HEP Ambassador Justin Kaput, and Dennis Liu of the Half-Earth Project.

Landscape of Civil Rights

Simsbury, CT — just down the road from Suffield — is home to old tobacco farms and an important wildlife corridor. One old tobacco farm called Meadowood was an important place for young Martin Luther King Jr. His two summers working in the New England countryside helped open his eyes to the potential for racial equality and a civil rights movement. Educator Ambassador Tamara Jolly co-led a Civil Rights Trip for high school students in April. The trip included many important sites associated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Atlanta area, including the Ebenzer Baptist Church where students met with Senator Raphael Warnock. They also met Ambassador Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and member of Congress. Like so many landscapes, important places in civil rights history are also home to nature and species. Tamara wore her binoculars to make species observations during the trip, piquing student curiosity and stimulating questions about the way we use the land, a theme raised particularly by Philip Howard in our Alabama at the Crossroads discussion.

Clemson Tigers for Green Innovation

College students of Clemson University are also inspiring rising stewards of biodiversity. An invitation from the Green Innovation student club was accepted to give a presentation on the Half-Earth Project. Clemson is strong on engineering, including innovation for sustainability.

Clemson students at Sustainability Summit

Earth Science and the Biosphere

Workshops with the National Association of Geosciences Teacher and for the NSF Geotech Center’s Earth Observation Day emphasized the important interplay between planetary systems and the biosphere.

For an introduction to the Half-Earth Project, the thinking of E.O. Wilson, and an optimistic view of conserving biodiversity with important comments on diversity and equity, view this lecture to undergraduates at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School.

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