The International Day for Biological Diversity
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 “The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) “to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. It represents a milestone for preserving the diversity of life on earth. This year, 2011 is the International Year of Forests, and Forest Biodiversity is the theme for this year’s International Day of Biodiversity (IDB).
The variety of life on Earth, its biological diversity is what commonly referred to as biodiversity. The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, their enormous diversity, the different ecosystems on the planet is all part of a biologically diverse Earth. Thus appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies attempt to recognize the importance that nature, and its biological diversity has had upon us and the need to maintain it.
It has long been feared that human activity is causing massive extinctions. Despite increased efforts at conservation, it has not been enough and biodiversity losses continue. The costs associated with deteriorating or vanishing ecosystems is high.
A wide range of events are organized globally to increase the understanding of the important role of biodiversity in our future. Celebrations are organized by: the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which forms part of the United Nations Environmental Programme; many national governments; and a range of non-governmental organizations, and we, as Christites, what do we do?
The eco-club of our very own college is organizing a signature campaign to create and spread awareness on Monday, 23rd May. The goal is to help people understand how important biodiversity is for healthy and sustainable development on earth. So let’s join hands in saving the variety of life.
Indra Priyadarsini S, Student Representative, Prakruthi, The Ecoclub