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An Evening with Tony Hiss: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth

Thursday, May 25, 2023

7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Montante Cultural Center

Canisius College

2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208


Western New York is a wonderful  place to live. It’s home to a vast amount of fresh water, our forests teem with incredible wildlife, and we are the stewards of some of the world’s most fertile soils. But the region has also witnessed tremendous sprawl over the past fifty years, resulting in the development of large stretches of land. 

Thankfully, communities across the country are beginning to recognize the critical importance of saving our forests, meadows, wetlands, lakes, and rivers for the health and wellbeing of every living creature on the planet. Working together, we can save land for future generations, including here in Western New York.


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We are thrilled to host world-renowned author Tony Hiss, one of the strongest advocates for land protection in the United States, to discuss his seminal book Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth. 


Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25th at the Montante Cultural Center on the campus of Canisius College for this unique opportunity to hear from one of the most important conservation writers working today. 


This event is part of our community’s efforts to save the Floating Fen in Chautauqua County and create the Western New York Wildway. This event is free and open to the public, but donations to save the Floating Fen are always welcome. 

Thank you to our sponsors

Renee Bush; the Bank of East Aurora, a wedding venue and boutique hotel; the Biology and Environmental Science Programs at Canisius College; the Chautauqua Institution; Mark P. and Deborah E. Kisker; and the Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York.

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Praise for Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth

"Tony Hiss lays out what can—indeed must—be done to slow the tide of extinction. Rescuing the Planet is at once sobering and joyful—a celebration of life and the many people working to save it." —Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Under a White Sky

“Inspiring . . . An upbeat and engaging account of the remarkable progress being made to preserve vast wild spaces for animals to roam . . . Hiss is an indefatigable reporter and graceful writer, traversing the continent to observe the animals being saved and profile their saviors. [He] tells a good story, whether he’s describing his traipses through the wild or chronicling the history of the conservation movement.” —John Tierney, The Wall Street Journal

Rescuing the Planet vividly explores the past, present, and future of our relationship with the wilderness. Hiss crafts a strong argument for action in the face of mass extinction.” —Sheldon Whitehouse (U.S. Senator, Rhode Island)

“Tony Hiss has not just captured the possibility of large-scale conservation, he’s understood that it needs to be connected with human beings. The idea of Indigenous Protected Areas that he describes is one of those prospects—simultaneously radical and obvious—that might give us a fighting chance in the decades ahead!” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

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