Sunday, March 7, 2010
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity
“Much of the food we eat depends on the services provided by a diversity of pollinating insects and animals.”
The United Nations proclaimed 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity and people the world over are starting to realize that biodiversity is crucial to human survival.
But what is meant by “biodiversity,” and why is it so critical to protect, preserve and maintain it?
Biological diversity encompasses all living species on Earth and their relationships to each other. This includes the differences in genes, species and ecosystems. Having many different living things allows Nature to recover from change.
So, if too much biodiversity is lost, there is a problem, because Nature finds it increasingly difficult to compensate and adapt. The web of life is weakened.
Humans depend on Nature to survive. It's that simple. We cannot continue to recklessly and irresponsibly destroy habitat and species. By doing so, we condemn ourselves.
Did you know that Canada has a Biodiversity Strategy? Yes! The vision for Canada?
"A society that lives and develops as a part of nature, values the diversity of life, takes no more than can be replenished and leaves to future generations a nurturing and dynamic world, rich in its biodiversity."
You can read the entire document by visiting Environment Canada’s Canadian Biodiversity Information Network (CBIN). This site offers a wealth of information on Canadian biodiversity topics—documents, reports, news and events. Learn about the factors that contribute to biodiversity loss and the actions that can be taken to conserve biodiversity.
Thanks to Environment Canada and the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy for the above quotes.