Biodiversity, our current 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
- 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
A simple lifestyle freely chosen is a source of strength. (Advices & Queries,