Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms on earth - the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
Biodiversity: the HUGE variety of other animals and plants on our planet, together with the places where found.
Natural heritage, an inheritance of fauna and flora, geology, landscape and landforms, and other natural resources
Our planet is simply amazing.
Viewed by someone not from our world, it could be seen as one big, finely tuned and ultimately incredible machine.
Lots of cogs, pulleys and wheels (animals, plants and environments) working together. Depending on each other in so many ways. Creating a green, blue healthy world ...view middle of the document...
We have...picked, logged, plucked and hunted the animals, trees, flowers and fish for medicine, souvenirs, status symbols, building materials and food.
And this over-exploitation (hunting, fishing, by catch) is currently totally unsustainable.
Globally, we now require the equivalent of 1.4 planets to support our lifestyles. This is humanity’s current Ecological Footprint - the demand people place upon the natural world.
In 2009, humanity used 40% more resources than nature can regenerate in a year.
This problem - using resources faster than they can regenerate and creating waste such as CO2 faster than it can be absorbed - is called ecological overshoot.
We currently maintain this overshoot by liquidating the planet’s natural resources. We can cut trees faster than they re-grow, and catch fish at a rate faster than they repopulate. While this can be done for a short while, overshoot ultimately leads to the depletion of resources on which our economy depends.
Adding to the pressure is Climate Change - the full effects and impacts on Biodiversity and how life may (or may not) adapt is still very much an unknown quantity.
What we do know, however, is that the next 30 years are critical.
We also know that humans, and our behavior, have changed the Earth's ecosystems more rapidly and extensively in the past 50 years than in any other period of human history.
All in all, the loss of biodiversity is, arguably, the greatest threat to world stability and security today.
Biological diversity is the resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend. It is the link between all organisms on earth, binding each into an interdependant ecosystem, in which all species have their role. It is the web of life.
The Earth’s natural assets are made up of plants, animals, land, water, the atmosphere AND humans! Together we all form part of the planet’s ecosystems, which means...