Dr Jonny Keeling, Producer of Planet Earth, and Dr Alex Schnell of Cambridge University
To coincide with the new BBC series on biodiversity (Seven Worlds – One Planet), we are hosting a lunch to explain what is at stake in the battle against biodiversity loss.
Recent reports from the UN show that around a million species are now threatened with extinction. What are the main drivers of biodiversity loss? What does this loss mean for the human species? And how might we think of halting – and eventually reversing – this downward trend?
In the summer of 1960, a 26 year old English woman arrived on the shores of Lake Tanganika in what is now Tanzania. Equipped with little more than binoculars, a notebook and her fascination with animals, Jane Goodall ventured into what was then called the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve – embarking on a life of discovery that would redefine the relationship between humans and animals and shape the world of conservation.
Today the Jane Goodall Institute and its global youth programme, Roots & Shoots, advances Jane’s vision of the world and leads a movement of conservation for the common good, building on our connections to each other, to our fellow species and to the natural world. One of the JGI’s core principles is to work with local communities to address their needs as a key building block of lasting conservation.