The more variety, The better society
Biodiversity is the food we eat, the water we drink, even the air we breathe. More than that biodiversity is us as we humans are part of nature.
Despite that, we’ve taken nature for granted always. We’ve ruined its beauty to satisfy our needs and greed.
International Day for biological Diversity
The International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated every year on May 22.
Biodiversity is the union of two words “bio” means life and “diversity” means a variety hence biodiversity means the difference amongst, the living beings found on the earth.
The International Day for Biological Diversity was designed to overlap with the UNs post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the date chose to commemorate the adoption of the Convention of Biodiversity in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit.
Why it is important?
The covid-19 pandemic offers many lessons to learn for us all. For me, it has brought the simple fact that a healthy planet is a precondition for healthy human societies and personal wellbeing.
The prevailing situation is the well-explained consequences of our negligence toward nature.
Biodiversity plays an important role in the way ecosystems function and in the many services they provide, including nutrients and water cycling, soil formation and retention, resistance against invasive species, pollination of plants, regulation of climate and many more.
We are part of the solution
This year the theme is “We’re part of the solution”. The slogan was chosen to be a continuation of the momentum generated last year under the over-arching theme, “Our solutions are in nature”.Humans have contributed both constructive as well as destructive actions toward nature.
Biodiversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilisation. Over 80% of the human diet is provided by plants.
Many of the plant species add medical cure to many deadly diseases like cancer and AIDS.
We, humans, are part of biodiversity and should stop behaving as Supreme being at the top of the hierarchy of all life forms.
We have to understand the importance of other species because if this attitude of blindly exploiting nature prevails we’ll soon end with our own extinction.