Peterborough Quakers
Peterborough Quakers

Sustainability - MARCH - BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity, MARCH’s sustainability theme, can be defined as the variety and variability of living things in a habitat or, more widely, on the whole living planet.

 

Biodiversity is important as:

  • plants provide oxygen and remove carbon dioxide
  • fungi and micro-organisms are essential for recycling waste material
  • we are part of a network of life which provides our essential life-support systems
  • it is widely recognised that being in the natural world is psychologically good for us
  • a more complex network is more resilient when change happens

Did you know?

  • 60% of all mammal biomass is domestic livestock – cows, sheep, etc.; 36% is human beings; wild animals – from blue whales to mice – make up only 4%.
  • Insect numbers are decreasing by c. 2.5% a year. In Britain, over 50% of their major groups are in significant decline.
  • 150-200 species of plants, insects, birds or mammals become extinct every 24 hours – nearly 1,000 times the ‘natural’ or ‘background’ rate.
  • Britain has about 50,000 non-marine animal and plant species, of which c.7,000 are flies!

What can we do? We can:

  • attract wildlife to our gardens
  • support or volunteer locally with groups caring for nature
  • campaign for environmental protection
  • try to live more simply and sustainably

 

Look next month for more detailed ideas.

 

A simple lifestyle freely chosen is a source of strength. (Advices & Queries, 41)

Where we meet

Peterborough Quaker Meeting House

21 Thorpe Road
Peterborough

PE3 6AB

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Meetings for Worship

Sunday and Wednesday Meetings are by Zoom.

 

Sunday 10.30–11.30 am

 

Wednesday 7–7.45 pm

 

Children & Young Peoples' Meeting is held on the second Sunday of every month.

 

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