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UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series – Fall 2020
Presented by the Species in Peril project with U.S. Senator Tom Udall as honorary co-host

I hope this note finds you well. This has been a difficult summer, at times with news of friends and loved ones affected by the pandemic. But as the summer break came to a close, we started our Fall semester at UNM about three weeks ago. Despite many challenges posed by the pandemic, the classes are off to a good start, students are very engaged, and that is where I’m finding my hope in this dispiriting time. 

As you may know by now that the root causes of the pandemic are situated in the intensifying biodiversity crisis. And a comprehensive biodiversity assessment from the United Nations last year warned that one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction due to human activity. 

With those assessments as the impetus, the Species in Peril
 project at UNM in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Office of Congresswoman Deb Haaland, New Mexico BioPark Society, and the Southwest Environmental Center, will host the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020. Please see below a complete list of our Partners in Education for this webinar series.
We thank you all!


This online symposium is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. The series will include four webinars, offered monthly starting on September 14th, 2020. Please visit the following three webpages for more information: 
  
PROGRAM page for the schedule of events and the link to register for each webinar:
http://speciesinperil.unm.edu/wp/unm-biodiversity-webinar-series-fall-2020-program/ 

OVERVIEW page for a description of the webinar series:
https://speciesinperil.unm.edu/wp/unm-biodiversity-webinar-series-fall-2020-overview/ 

SPEAKERS page for biographies of the panelists and moderators:  https://speciesinperil.unm.edu/wp/unm-biodiversity-webinar-series-fall-2020-speakers/

The UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020, which will be available to a global audience, is our modest contribution to the global efforts to protect the nonhuman relatives with whom we share this Earth. In addition to many speakers from the United States, the webinar series also includes speakers from Canada and Mexico to signal the necessity and significance of transnational cooperation. 

The webinar series will bring species conservation initiatives that are largely guided by scientific knowledge and economic considerations into conversation with grassroots efforts that are built on the foundations of place-based cultural knowledge and practices and informed by community concerns expressed through stories, art, and social movements. This building of a bridge will help us shape a more inclusive public policy for mitigating the crisis of biological annihilation, which includes species extinctions, mass die-offs and massacres. 

The UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020  will also help lay the foundation for developing a much needed and long-awaited national biodiversity action plan for the United States.

Hope to see you at the Webinars,
Subhankar Banerjee, Director, Species in Peril project at UNM
Our Partners in Education
 
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