geodesic dome is the Garden's signature structure
the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, visitors can explore
a 15-acre Japanese garden, or walk through a simulated rainforest
within a half-acre geodesic dome. But the Missouri Botanical
Garden isn't just a beautiful place to spend the afternoon.
It's also a leading research center and a front-runner in
the race to save endangered plant species.
"Raven's World," Garden director Peter
Raven and Alan Alda discuss the pressing need to conserve
Earth's biodiversity- a term Raven himself helped coin in
the 1980's. "Biodiversity" means the riot of plants
and animals that make up an ecosystem, and the myriad relationships
Alan gets a tour of the dome and its endangered plant
species from Peter Raven
of Raven's mission is to help people understand the importance
of biodiversity to our physical lives and spiritual lives
alike. With his Garden, which he has directed for thirty years,
Raven hopes to impress upon his visitors- including Alan-
how each of us has a direct impact on our planet's future.
more on this topic, see the web feature:
Profile: Peter Raven"