On May 27, the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are hosting the Celebrate Biodiversity Symposium in Pittsburgh, Penn., to celebrate the United Nations World Environment Day. The founder of biodiversity study, Edward O. Wilson, and other international and local biodiversity experts will be speaking at the event, held at the Carnegie Museum. From the news release:
“Featuring Edward O. Wilson as keynote speaker and including a panel of experts, we can begin with an initial visioning for a New American Dream — one that helps avoid a serious and fundamental breakdown in the Earth’s life support systems.
“The five principal pressures directly driving biodiversity loss — habitat change, over-exploitation, pollution, invasive alien species and climate change — are either constant or increasing in intensity. According to Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, ‘Many economies remain blind to the huge value of the diversity of animals, plants and other life forms and their role in healthy and functioning ecosystems from forests and freshwaters to soils, oceans and even the atmosphere.’
“E. O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer prize winner, world-renowned entomologist and one of the scientists who provided research data to Rachel Carson while she was writing Silent Spring, will be joined by Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Deputy Director of the United Nations Environment Programme North America, Dr. Richard Benedick, U.N. Ambassador (ret.) and President, National Council on Science and the Environment, and Terry Collins of the Institute of Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University at this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
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