How has Harrison Ford's work affected your thinking about conservation?

Question: How has Harrison Ford's work affected your thinking about conservation?

E.O. Wilson: I think it is fair to say that Harrison Ford is a pioneer in his own work on Conservation International. In spite of an extraordinary career so well known that nothing more need be said about it here, he has found time, a lot of time, going back for years, to engage in the planning and the carrying out of important conservation projects around the world, particularly in tropical areas where most of the species of organisms live and where the most are threatened with extinction. As a board member of Conservation International, for example, where i served for a period of time, he was one of the most effective members. So I am not sure that I have really had an influence on Harrison Ford. I have just been very proud to be working with him.

 

Recorded on: 6/19/08

Ford has been a pioneer in his work with Conservation International.

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