Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and leading conservationist joined Dr. Andrew Steer, WRI President and CEO, and Minister Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, for a fascinating discussion on why we need nature and all of its species and habitats.

In his book, The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild, Enric crafts a love letter to the planet through stories and imagery. He explores how human health and livelihoods are at risk from our broken relationship with nature and shares real world solutions to turn this around. He introduces the practical case for why need nature to sustain life on earth, as well as the moral and economic cases for action.

This conversation goes beyond the pages to explore the foundations of his passion for the wild, how his thinking has evolved over 30 years, and why now is the time to be hopeful about the future of life on earth and our natural environment. The speakers and talk about how valuing nature and biodiversity can pay dividends for countries and people.


  • Dr. Enric Sala, Explorer in Residence, National Geographic
  • Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, WRI
  • Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica