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The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild

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The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild

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Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1A0131
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Ecologist Enric Sala, National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence and director of its Pristine Seas project, asserts that once we appreciate how nature works, we will understand how conservation is economically wise and why it is essential to our survival.

Drawing on examples from his own research and that of other scientists, Sala illuminates the intricacies of how nature works, from the way two species interact with each other to how nine million species of plants and animals—and a trillion different types of microbes—make our planet run in a way that ensures our survival. Sala explains how, perhaps surprisingly, more sharks signal a healthier ocean; crop diversity, not intensive monoculture farming, is the key to feeding the planet; and the more species that exist, the less risk of another pandemic.

With the backing of decades of evidence, he makes the case that making room for nature is essential to our survival, even as the human population increases. He also suggests ways to reverse conditions that led to the coronavirus pandemic in order to prevent future global catastrophes.

Sala’s book, The Nature of Nature (National Geographic), is available for purchase.

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