Biodiversity means the variety of life on this planet that has developed by evolution, over billions of years. It does not only include more than 10 million different species, but also a variety of ecosystems such as forest, mountains, lakes, agricultural landscapes, CORAL REEFS, DESERTS etc. and all living beings, who each chose a specific area as a habitat and have a certain impact on it. We human beings have a mayor influence on biodiversity, but unfortunately we often forget that we are not simply a part of it and depend on it. We act as if we are able to control it, forgetting that protecting it is in our self-interest. Human beings are responsible for creating very negative impacts such as habitat loss, over- exploitation, climate change, pollution and many more.
What can the individual person do to help preserve biodiversity?
Small steps on the part of many individuals can make a huge difference and steer the world towards sustainable development.
•Do not waste paper and only use recycled paper
• Choose products from environmentally responsible companies
• Do not use plastic bags
• Use biodegradables for cleaning
• Choose sustainable seafood
• Do not buy souvenirs like shells, corals, tortoise shell, ivory, etc.
• Get involved in local environmental projects
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2010 - the International Year of Biodiversity
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity.
The United Nations proclaimed 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human wellbeing. We need to do more. Now is the time to act.
The International Year of Biodiversity is a unique opportunity to increase understanding of the vital role that biodiversity plays in sustaining life on Earth.
Species have been disappearing at up to 1000 times the natural rate, and this is predicted to rise dramatically. Based on current trends, an estimated 34,000 plant and 5,200 animal species - including one in eight of the world's bird species - face extinction.
Up to 10 per cent of coral reefs - among the richest ecosystems - have been destroyed, and one third of the remainder face collapse over the next 10 to 20 years. Coastal mangroves, a vital nursery habitat for countless species, are also vulnerable, with half already gone. Global atmospheric changes, such as ozone depletion and climate change, only add to the stress.