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Without biodiversity, there is no life and no future

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Torino, Italy

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September 29th at 15:00 in your time zone

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Species extinction is a natural phenomenon and an important component of evolutionary processes. Its opposite is speciation, the process through which multiple populations of a single species diverge and become new species. The development of new forms of life through speciation tends to balance the effects of extinction.

In recent decades, loss of biodiversity—both wild and domesticated—has skyrocketed, and the causes is not natural. There is even talk of a sixth mass extinction (the fifth mass extinction saw the disappearance of the dinosaurs), a catastrophe in which, for the first time in Earth’s history, human beings play a fundamental role. This loss of biodiversity impoverishes nature and threatens life itself, reducing the capacity for adaptation to change.

Many human activities are to blame, and the consequences affect every ecosystem on the planet. According to some estimates, more than one million species are at risk of extinction. This loss of biodiversity impoverishes nature and life itself. We must put the brakes on unsustainable growth. This is an urgent crisis, and the time for radical change is now.

Introducing this talk will be Francesco Sottile, who is a professor at the University of Palermo, a member of Slow Food International’s Board of Directors, and author of the book On Nature’s Side, published by Slow Food Editore.


  • Gianfranco Bologna (Italy), a naturalist and environmentalist, is honorary president of the Scientific Community of WWF Italy, a full member of the Club of Rome and secretary general of the Aurelio Peccei Foundation, and one of the national coordinators of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development. Among his recent books is Noi siamo natura: Un nuovo modo di stare al mondo (We are nature: A new way of being in the world), published by Edizioni Ambiente in 2022.
  • Dave Goulson (UK) studied at Oxford University and is now a Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006 and received the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in 2010 for his work to protect bumblebees and endangered insects. Among his books are A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees, published in 2014; and Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse, published in 2021.

This event is free and open to all who are interested. To participate, please book a spot on the website (just click on the “Register” button on the event page and leave your email address). We recommend arriving at the Arena 10 minutes before the start of the event. The organizers reserve the right to reassign your seat if you are not present within 5 minutes of the start.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is presented by Slow Food, the City of Turin, and the Piedmont Region. We look forward to seeing you at Parco Dora in Turin from Thursday, September 26 – Monday, September 30. Through food, we can rediscover ourselves as part of nature. #TerraMadre2024.

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Piemonte – Torino - Parco Dora, Parco Dora – Joannah Stutchbury Arena
Ingresso Corso Mortara - Torino (Italy)
GPS: 45.0901115, 7.672939

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