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In an article “Species in Peril: Loss, Love and Protection” which was published on Thursday in Counter Currents I wondered: “In this moment of so much death and suffering—do we even have the capacity to extend our care, our love for nonhuman kin—bears, bees, bugs, butterflies, and all the other nonhuman animals and plants with whom we share this Earth?”

We do

I’m heartened to see that so many of you have already registered for the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020. We plan to the run this online symposium as a true webinar where all panelists will join in real-time (not pre-recorded video) and the attendees will have the opportunity to post questions. Even though during the webinar we will likely not be able to respond to most of the questions, we will, however, review all questions and do our best to respond to as many as we are able and post those responses along with the questions at a later date in the Species in Peril website. Our aim would be to initiate a conversation that may lead to engaged participation and meaningful actions to mitigate the tragedy of biological annihilation.  

If you have not registered yet but are interested and would be able to attend the inaugural webinar on Monday, September 14—please register this weekend! You will find the Zoom webinar registration link below:

https://speciesinperil.unm.edu/wp/unm-biodiversity-webinar-series-fall-2020-program/

On Monday, September 14, three committed and passionate conservationists will join me in conversation: U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), U.S Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala—for a panel discussion “Building a National Biodiversity Action Plan: Science, Policy, and the Grassroots.”

Sen. Udall and Rep. Haaland will discuss how policymakers can act on the research, community concerns and cultural knowledge of academic researchers and scientists to advance initiatives critical to the long-term health of the planet and the nation. The lawmakers are the lead authors of the 30x30 Resolution to Save Nature in both chambers of Congress, legislation that would set a national goal of conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030 in order to prevent species and ecosystem collapse. 

Dr. Sala founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of 5.8 million square km. Dr. Sala’s book The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild was published last month.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Best wishes in this time of peril,

Subhankar Banerjee, Director, Species in Peril project at UNM

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