Alyssa Ravasio

Hipcamp, a provider of outdoor stays, has announced that CEO Alyssa Ravasio spoke at Our Shared Future, a Celebration of Half-Earth Day, presented by the Smithsonian Institution and E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

Ravasio shared local solutions to preserve biodiversity alongside Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Queen Quet, Half-Earth Project Chairs & Scholars Program Researcher Norina Vicente and others. Ravasio also joined Saving America’s Biodiversity, a briefing on wildlife corridors, in the U.S. Capitol.

“I founded Hipcamp because I wanted it to be simpler to find a campsite, but I’ve come to realize that the income from outdoor recreation can play a critical role in supporting the restoration and protection of our planet’s biodiversity,” said Ravasio. “Recreation creates new income streams to support those who are supporting the land, and I’m thrilled to share how this regenerative model can transform the way we think about sustaining land trusts and keeping private lands from development.”

This year’s Half-Earth Day celebration brought together distinguished scientists, educators and activists to discuss global conservation priorities for species and people, equitable conservation practice, biodiversity and climate national policy, conservation biology education, and more.

“Our Shared Future, a conversation in celebration of Half-Earth Day, is a forum to exchange information and insight that can help us reimagine the way we care for our planet,” explains Dr. Paula J. Ehrlich, president and CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and co-founder of the Half-Earth Project. “We want to spark conversations not only about why places are special and why they should be conserved, but also why they are an important part of our lives, and inspire participation in their protection.”

The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation established the Half-Earth Project with the aim of developing science and advocacy in support of protecting half of the earth’s land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to address the species extinction crisis and ensure the long-term health of the planet.