On Thursday, March 23 at a free webinar event at 1pm via the Outdoor Art Club, Dr. Paul da Silva, an entomologist, education advocate, and Marin environmental education leader, explains the global insect crisis.
A rapid decline in insect numbers and diversity over the last 30 years presents a serious ecological crisis worldwide. Scientists estimate that 40 percent of insect species are at risk for extinction over the next few decades threatening a crucial foundation of our global food web. Learn to make friends with insects and take simple but meaningful actions to support biodiversity and protect these crucial critters.
“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E.O Wilson
Paul da Silva has more four decades of teaching experience, including 23 years at the College of Marin, where he taught biology, natural history, environmental science and environmental landscaping. While on the faculty, he also served as department chair, as academic senator, on numerous internal college committees, and as advisor to student organizations. He played key roles in establishment and revitalization of college facilities such as the Organic Farm and Garden, the Science Museum, and the Field Station.