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Nature is a gift to human beings. It is also filled with magic and also mesmerizing diversity. However, with an increase in the greed of humans, this biodiversity is slowly vanishing.
Additionally, the destruction of habitat is resulting in the extinction of animals at a rate never seen before.
United Nations has stepped in to conserve the amazing biodiversity of the earth. Towards the same, every year 22nd May is celebrated as International biodiversity day and while declaring and celebrating this day, United Nations tweeted,
“The earth’s biodiversity—its flora, fauna, and microorganisms—provides the bedrock upon which human existence emerged and on which we now fully depend.”
– UN Goodwill Ambassador @EdwardNorton on Monday’s #BiodiversityDay. un.org/en/un-chronic…”
“The earth’s biodiversity—its flora, fauna and microorganisms—provides the bedrock upon which human existence emerged and on which we now fully depend.”
— United Nations (@UN) May 22, 2023
Let us find out what international biodiversity is and how is it important.
International Biodiversity Day
1. Biodiversity Day
Biodiversity Day is also formally called the International Day for Biological Diversity. It is an event celebrated every May 22nd.
It also provides the world an opportunity to learn about the significance of biodiversity and additionally, it also reminds human beings of the necessity of preservation of this magic.
2. Understanding Biodiversity
Biodiversity is defined as the varied diversity amongst the flora and fauna on Earth. It moreover comprises a single-cell bacteria and the largest Blue whale.
It further includes the congenital and genetic variation in a specific specimen.
We should also appreciate the ecological diversity that exists for that specific species. Biodiversity is therefore a basic and essential facet of life on this planet.
3. Importance of Biodiversity
Biodiversity places an important role in the sustenance of life on Earth and all the animals and plants are intermingled with each other directly or indirectly.
Additionally, the food chain and the various relationships such as symbolic and parasitic are indeed essential.
Human beings are also benefitted from this outstanding biodiversity. Nature can satisfy our needs with biodiversity but not greed.
We often forget that we need nature in its original balance to sustain humanity on Earth. Moreover, our dependence on Earth for air, water, and food makes it more significant to us.
4. Preservation of Biodiversity
Preservation of biodiversity is therefore a global responsibility. This day reminds the world of the need to work together to address the alarming issues.
Human has been destroying the fine balance in the earth with extensive deforestation which is leading to the loss of habitat to millions of species. It is also saddening to learn that thousands of animals have gone extinct even without their discovery.
Pollution is moreover another man-made issue. Pollution in its all forms has affected our ecosystem. Water pollution has changed the temperature of the water and its characteristics making it unconducive to marine life. Moreover, eutrophication is leaving out the fishes from their habitat.
The International Day for Biodiversity, therefore reminds people to love and care for their mother nature.
Finally, we human beings must realize our responsibility towards conserving our biodiversity. We should ensure that the nature we obtained from our forefathers is passed on to the next generation. So on this occasion of biodiversity, let us join hands and promise to do our bit to save the world.