Holos Lecture by Dr John Anderson: Biodiversity Loss and the Global Meta-Crisis
May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
FREE 90-minute Holos Lecture 24th May 2022 @ 6pm London BST (GMT-1)
In this time of a mounting global meta-crisis it is hard to keep perspective on where best to pay attention. For many simply coping with the growing challenges of a fundamentally dysfunctional global economy is already too much. Considering the threat to biodiversity at this time might thus be difficult. This is especially true for those caught up in human conflict, and others already seriously suffering the effects of climate change and the accompanying ‘natural disasters’ of fire and flood, drought and famine.
Richard Leaky, in “The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind” (1996), warned of a looming potential sixth extinction of species on planet earth – a disastrous potential loss of biodiversity. How critical thus is biodiversity loss to the future of planetary and hence human wellbeing?
In this on-line Holos Earth Project webinar, paleo-botanist Dr John Andersen, convener of the ‘Towards Gondwana Alive’ initiative, will present a compelling case for the life-giving importance of preserving biodiversity.
In this free 90-minute interactive webinar, he will demonstrate vital and imaginative initiatives to address the challenge of ‘stemming the sixth extinction’. As participants we will have an opportunity to consider our own potential contribution in our homes, our communities and our spheres of influence.
About Dr. John Anderson
Formerly of the South African National Botanical Institute, John Andersen assembled a team of scientists in the nineties to coordinate efforts to address the crisis of biodiversity loss under the heading “Towards Gondwana Alive – Promoting Biodiversity and Stemming the Sixth Extinction“. This initiative was endorsed, amongst others, by luminaries such as President Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary General Kofi Anan, Prince Charles, and the Dalai Lama.