More than 140 scientists, field workers, conservation leaders, policymakers, economists, explorers, and filmmakers, from over 50 countries and all seven continents, will share stories, challenges, and innovative solutions online at the Global Biodiversity Festival, from 20 to 23 May.
Launched in May 2020, the Festival runs this year again in recognition of the United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May. Pushing the boundaries of what a virtual festival can be, this second edition will broadcast live for three days non-stop, with over 140 speakers spanning the globe and exploring biodiversity from every angle, and regional moderators hosting sessions across time zones.
Live virtual field trips will take participants to the front lines of the race to save the incredible variety of life on our planet, in Kenya with the last two northern white rhinos, the rainforest of Costa Rica as well as kiwi hatcheries in New Zealand, among others.
In this historic moment for the survival of our planet and species, that sees the COVID-19 pandemic converge with the launch of an outstanding number of global conservation initiatives for the decade leading to 2030, it has never been more vital to focus on biodiversity. The festival will bring together some of the most forward-thinking decision-makers across all conservation issues, and shine a spotlight on the power of passionate leadership and engagement.
Join the Toucan Rescue Ranch, among dozens of other amazing speakers, as we share a free educational tour of our sanctuary and rescue center. Plus! A special presentation about One Health with Vet Supervisor, Ana María Villada Rosales!
Program highlights include:
- Festival address by E. O. Wilson
- Live feed from wintering scientists in Antarctica
- Musical performance by the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
- Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- Sylvia Earle, President, and Chairman of Mission Blue
- Dereck and Beverly Joubert, founders of Great Plains Foundation
- Marco Lambertini, Director General WWF International
- David Shukman, BBC Science Editor
- Emily McKenzie, HM Treasury, The Dasgupta Review
- Peter Ong, Founder Project Monyet
- Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions, United Nations
- Paul Salopek, National Geographic Fellow, Out-of-Eden
- John Scanlon, Special Envoy African Parks
- Gautam Shah, founder of the Internet of Elephants
- James Thornton, founder of Client Earth
The Global Biodiversity Festival is free to join and 100% non-profit. Funds raised over the weekend will be entirely donated to grassroots conservation projects around the world.
As of 2020, a book will be produced and provided free to all speakers and their organizations. A PDF version will also be available online free to everyone.
The Global Biodiversity Festival was launched in May 2020 based on an idea from National Geographic Explorer and science communicator Joe Grabowski, with support from explorer and broadcaster Paul Rose.