The modern era is defined in part by its unbelievable technological advances—from self-driving cars to machines that sequence entire genomes. Despite these advances, the global community struggles to address the human-driven climate change currently decimating biodiversity at never-before-seen rates.
In 2014, Curator Rich Mooi joined an Academy effort to tackle the disconnect between global citizens and the natural world with “Biodiversity”—a first-of-its-kind digital learning course available for free (through Khan Academy and iTunes U) to anyone worldwide. As the scientist, voice, and artist behind each video in the online course, Mooi breathes vivid life into the what, where, when, and why-does-it-matter of biodiversity on our planet.
“Biodiversity is crucial to the quality of our lives and the lives of all other living organisms,” says Mooi, “but we still have a lot to learn about all the players and their roles in this pageantry of life. It’s increasingly important for people to understand that we are losing biodiversity faster than ever before, and that we can do something about it.”