Today, the CoP on Biodiversity Convention of 2012 starts in Hyderabad. To last till 19th October 2012, the CoP is going to be one of the largest activities in the world to safeguard and promote bio-diversity.
The World at Risk!
Life on Earth can be as simple as a fly, or as complex as an ecosystem of coral reefs. The most unique feature of Earth is the existence of life, and the most extraordinary feature of life is its diversity. Tragically, today biodiversity is disappearing at 1,000 times the normal rate due to human civilization. As human population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the biodiversity crisis will only get worse as more people consume more resources. When one species disappears, it imbalances the food chain, which may cause some critters to over populate while others starve – the loss of one can impact many. The major causes of biodiversity decline are Habitat loss and destruction, Global climate change, Invasive alien species, Over-exploitation, Pollution and contamination. Even our everyday choices and purchases, things we might not give a second thought to will affect biodiversity.
What can be done about it?
Each of us has a role to play in saving Earth’s biodiversity and in turn saving ourselves. Heroic acts aren’t necessary, as small things can add up to a big difference. It’s everyone’s role to meet the challenges of the biodiversity crisis, i.e., the accelerated loss of animals, plants, and habitats caused primarily by human activities. Since consumption of resources is a root cause of biodiversity loss, one can consume less and be more mindful about consuming products that do not harm the environment. And we also need to leverage our purchasing power to help protect biodiversity.
Folks, we are not in a hopeless situation, even the simplest everyday activities can make a real difference…
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