Which of the Earth’s species, among bats, bees, fungi, plankton, and primates, are truly irreplaceable?

You will have a chance to decide at this year’s debate hosted by Earthwatch, the international environmental charity, on Thursday, 20th November 20th, 2008 from 7pm–9pm at the Royal Geographical Society, London.

Five scientists, all experts in their field, argue the case for their chosen species. It’s not difficult to name a personal favorite species, whether endearing, exciting, or endangered, but what of the less charismatic species, whose loss would have an immeasurably greater impact on our planet?

The chair for the evening will be television broadcaster and film producer Andrea Catherwood. The speakers will be Ian Redmond OBE, Chairman of the Ape Alliance, arguing the case for primates, Dr. Kate Jones of the Zoological Society of London advocating the case for bats, Professor Lynne Boddy of Cardiff School of Biosciences representing fungi, Professor David Thomas of the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor speaking in favour of plankton, and a speaker, to be confirmed, arguing the case for bees.

Come along and join in the debate – as a member of the audience your vote will help determine the one species we would be hard pressed to survive without. Although tackling serious environmental issues, the event is intended to be educational, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

The debate is free to current Earthwatch supporters, but by ticket only. For all others, a donation will be requested on the door.
The doors open 6pm and there's even a cash bar. The debate will be followed by an optional buffet supper with wine, £25.

So what is your pick?

What is the world's most irreplaceable species?
( polls)