“The passenger pigeon, the golden toad, the Caspian tiger: they are all gone, and other species hang by a thread. Our actions are not merely driving other species to extinction: we threaten our own survival, too, by destabilizing ecosystems and destroying biodiversity.”- Owen Jones
Biodiversity refers to the variation of life at all levels which bounds the evolutionary, ecological, and cultural processes that support life on earth. Biological diversity resources are the pillars that fabricate human advancements.
The need for the preservation of biodiversity is typically overlooked by individuals. The fundamental reason for this is that humans consider only themselves and not about the environmental factors and climate. Unfortunately, by now, several species have disappeared and if we did not take any mandatory step to save them then, more of them will become extinct in near future. The fruitfulness of biodiversity is indispensable for the correct functioning of the world’s current circumstance.
Throughout the most recent century, people have dominated the planet, causing biological system change and monstrous loss of biodiversity across the planet. While the Earth has consistently experienced changes and eradications, today, they are happening at an uncommon rate.
Habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pollution, unsustainable use of resources and global climate change are major threats to biological diversity now. The growing human population and overconsumption of natural resources are often complex interrelated factors that contribute to this major issue.
Loss of biodiversity compromises all, including our health. It has been proven that biodiversity loss could expand zoonoses; diseases transmitted from animals to humans, while, on the other hand, if we keep biodiversity unblemished, it offers an excellent atmosphere to fight against pandemics like what caused by coronaviruses. This is much needed nowadays because the whole world is under a risk and fighting for saving human lives.
Fortunately, is that it is within our power to help guarantee the endurance of species and the wellbeing and integrity of biological frameworks. By understanding threats to biodiversity, and how they work out in our setting, we can be ready to oversee conservation challenges.
We have to fix our relationship to the natural world, simply because, despite all our innovative technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and lively ecosystems for our water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, energy and many more.
Today, The International Day for Biological Diversity is a day to speak out and make amendments to build sustainable development strategies which can address the current issue of losing the value of biodiversity. But, this should be a fruitful discussion that comes up with solutions that provide advantages to nature and should not confine for today. This is a global issue and we as humans should embrace the power of nature and help to rebuild the vanished aspects of nature.
This year 2021 the theme is “We’re part of the solution”. Indeed humans have the answer for this huge disaster. Building momentum to increase awareness on the significance of biodiversity is much important for this. We might not be able to eradicate all negative anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity, but with knowledge, we can work together to change the direction and shape of effects of human activities, on the remaining life on Earth.
It is a must to reunite for conserving biodiversity because the human community is just a strand of the web of nature.
So on this valuable day,
“We must convince and empower people to adopt the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as their guiding principle” – Klaus Topfer
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