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Wilson honored for environmental efforts

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E.O. Wilson and Eric
E.O. Wilson speaks with Eric Chivian, HMS’ director of the Center for Health and Global Environment. (Staff photos by Justin Ide)
Wilson (below) shows a packet of organic material from Walden Pond included in the tree-planting in honor of the distinguished professor. (Staff photos by Justin Ide)

In a tree-planting ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Medical School, the center presented its first Global Environmental Citizen Award to Edward O. Wilson, the Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus. Wilson was honored for his efforts toward protecting the ecosystems and species of the world. The award includes a flowering crab apple tree planted in the courtyard of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Wilson said in his acceptance remarks that if the degrading of the environment continues at its present pace, the world might lose half its species by the end of the century.