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Global Biodiversity Festival

The Global Biodiversity Festival will take place from May 22 to May 24 through a series of live events with over 50 amazing speakers live on YouTube, available free.

MAY 15, 2020 – It could be the makings of an epic bucket list: explore our world’s oceans with National Geographic explorer-in-residence and marine biologist, Sylvia Earle, experience the planet from above with astronaut Nicole Stott, meet the world’s last two wild northern white rhinos in Kenya, and see the Costa Rican rainforest from high up in the canopy. By attending Global Biodiversity Festival, in just one weekend, we can all check these items off our lists from the comfort of our living rooms.

We’re thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, will be delivering opening addresses on each day of the festival. This year’s theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”.

“Vital change is coming,” says explorer Paul Rose, “and I’m optimistic that we will re-establish a sustainable relationship with nature. It's the only true vaccine against further pandemics. First step: Celebrate the work being done at the frontline of understanding and protecting our biodiversity!”

The International Day for Biological Diversity (https://www.cbd.int/idb/) falls on May 22 each year. It stemmed from a United Nations General Assembly where a group of experts prepared a set of guidelines to protect our world’s fragile biodiversity. To celebrate this year, Canadian non-profit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants (EBSYP) has organized a virtual extravaganza.

“Our goal is to bring our planet’s amazing diversity of life into everyone’s home during what has been a challenging time,” explains Joe Grabowski, founder of EBSYP. “We have an incredible roster of speakers: scientists, explorers, policymakers, photographers, and filmmakers, all who are working tirelessly to protect our world’s biodiversity. You will see the weird and wonderful and learn about conservation challenges and successes. By the end, everyone will be inspired.”

Plus, you can even actively participate. Grabowski and his team have created #BackyardBio where you can head out into your backyard, snap photos of the animal and plant life that you find, and post them on Twitter and Instagram. Event organizers will also open Slido rooms the week before the festival to collect your questions to the speakers.

“The event is virtual and 100% free for everyone,” says Grabowski. “But, we hope that our virtual speakers might inspire you to support some incredible conservation organizations who are struggling because of the current global crisis.”

All funds raised by the festival will be shared between the conservation organizations involved, which include The Toucan Rescue Ranch, The Turtle Hospital, Osa Conservation, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Planet Madagascar, and the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association.

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is a non-profit educational organization whose goal is to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers by introducing students to challenging issues, new places, strong role models, and new STEM career paths. They bring science, exploration, adventure, and conservation live into classrooms through virtual guest speakers and field trips.

Explore the festival website: https://www.globalbiofest.com/