For a long time, humans were only concerned about their survival and immediate enjoyment of nature, in other words, appreciating beautiful animals, and taking what we need for food. Today, we’re all concerned about global warming, but something that rarely crosses our minds is the loss of biodiversity.
Without biodiversity on earth, human life is in danger. So let’s look at what biodiversity is, what causes the loss of biodiversity, and what you can do about it.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on earth – not just those that you can see, but also the millions or billions of microscopic organisms you can’t see. The term is derived from the two words “biological diversity”.
Since many of us live in towns and cities, the preservation of nature is not always front and center in our minds. But the truth is, the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, all rely on biodiversity.
Our very existence relies on biodiversity, for example:
There are about 1.7 million recorded species of animals, plants and other creatures. But the actual number of species on earth is likely anything between 8-100 million. Add in bacteria and viruses, and the number of individual organisms can be in the billions.
According to the WWF, the number of species on earth was cut in half since the 1970s. Many organisms already went extinct, and we don’t even know it.
We do know about magnificent animals like dodos and mammoths that we’ve lost, while tigers and rhinos are on the brink of extinction.
What causes the loss of biodiversity?
At Timeless Pearl we don’t have an answer to avoid a global ecosystem collapse. But we can make sure that we do our part for the environment.
Here’s what we do:
Stand with us to preserve biodiversity while we still can.