Biodiversity is the part of nature that is alive! It is every living creature on Earth, great or small, us humans too. Nature is all biodiversity and its interactions with the Earth’s non-living systems, like soil, water, climate, mountains. The countless interactions in nature underpin our planetary health by regulating the climate and the air we breathe, maintaining healthy soils, and providing pollination, food and clean water.
We are losing biodiversity at devastating rates – far higher than ever before in Earth’s history. As we lose biodiversity, we lose critical functions that regulate our planetary health. We also lose opportunities for inspiration, education, recreation, as well as part of our sense of place, cultural diversity and spiritual heritage. These are the very things that give us humans meaning beyond mere survival!
Humans are causing this loss and humans can fix it, it is not too late to ‘bend the curve’ of biodiversity decline.