That’s a wrap on the 2022 Global Biodiversity Festival! Over 160 speakers presenting their inspiring work from all seven continents.

As prominent American biologist and naturalist EO Wilson (aka Ant Man) said in a pre-recorded opening of the festival:

With each passing year, the consequences for biodiversity can be seen as ever more dire. Climate change is only the first of three biological crises humanity is bringing upon itself. The second, caused in part by climate change, is a worldwide growing freshwater shortage. The third going on now, is the growing extinction of biodiversity, of lifeforms around the world. The destruction is occurring at multiple levels of biological organization. Approximately 2 million species known to science and given a name is estimated to be only about twenty percent of the species still living. Science needs far more experts, especially on insects and other invertebrate animals, on fungi, and on bacteria, and other micro biota. As biology increases its basic knowledge of biodiversity, the analysis of ecosystems is going to grow in proportion, allowing conservation biology to study back and forth between species and ecosystems. Cutting deeper this way, biodiversity studies will increase in depth and exactitude.

Wilson passed away in December 2021 after a life dedicated to pioneering work and advocating for protecting the planet’s biodiversity. His specialty was myrmecology, the study of ants. Among the many notable achievements of his career, Wilson discovered the chemical means by which ants communicate.

Events like the Global Biodiversity Festival honor the legacy of his work by promoting the study and protection of the planet’s diverse ecosystems. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring select talks from the festival with more information about the speakers and their work.

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Pictured above from left to right: Conservationist and photographer Peter Houlihan, marine biologist and penguin conservationist Pablo Borboroglu, founder of Reserva: The Youth Land Trust Callie Broaddus, and wild cat conservation practitioner Nilofar Raeesi Chahartaghi.