The well-being of all our wild kin is directly related to humanity’s well-being. Join Melina Sakiyama, founder of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, to hear the story of biodiversity on Earth and how the current extinction crisis intersects with the forefront social, economic, and political issues of our time. You’ll learn about the new movement to empower youth to take action for conservation that treats land as a living being rather than a resource, and how you too can make a difference even at an individual level.
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About the Speaker
Melina Sakiyama is the co-founder of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network. From an early age, Melina has been intrigued by the fine and complex balance between the planet and all its inhabitants. She studied biology at the University of Sao Paulo and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Kyoto University in Japan, where she focused on biodiversity education and valuation and ways to engage youth. She has worked with Diversitas/Future Earth, the Japan Council for the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, and the UNESCO office in Bangkok, and participated in the 2010 UN Biodiversity Summit. In 2020, she was awarded the Midori Prize for biodiversity.