Amazon botanist Sir Ghillean Prance: ‘The environmental crisis is a moral one’

By Rhett A. Butler
October 27, 2020


  • Sir Ghillean Prance first visited the Amazon in 1963 as a budding botanist, going on to describe more than 200 plant species and becoming a leading expert on the rainforest’s flora.
  • But his studies coincided with a period of massive deforestation, prompting him to turn his focus toward generating data that would help inform more sustainable practices.
  • Devoutly religious, Prance says Christians have a duty of care for “the creation on which our future depends.”
  • In this interview with Mongabay founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler, Prance calls the ongoing environmental crisis “a moral, religious and ethical one.”

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