The Royal Society held an evening exploring the variety of life on Earth and solutions to rising extinction rates at the Eden Project yesterday (Feb 26).

Eden co-founder Sir Tim Smit was joined by BBC Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke as well as leading conservation scientists to discuss the topic ‘You and the planet: biodiversity’.

The free event by the Royal Society, the UK’s national science academy, was the latest in a series of talks across the country exploring scientific solutions to some of the biggest environmental issues facing our planet.

Sir Tim said: “For the variety of life to be catastrophically diminished through our actions would stain our species until the end of time itself. How appropriate that the Royal Society should be championing interest and muscularity in this subject.

“Our role at Eden is to have a theatre where the genius of others can be coloured in and in the end there is nothing more important to talk about on this stage, at this stage of humankind’s epic journey.”