People Need Biodiversity

[ PEOPLE NEED BIODIVERSITY ] Biodiversity is the amazing variety of life on Earth. [ BIODIVERSITY = THE VARIETY OF LIVING SPECIES ON EARTH ] It includes all organisms, plants, animals, and us. We are a part of this rich web of life. Biodiversity is the source of our fuel, medicines, and shelter. Every breath we take, every drop we drink, every bite we eat - it all comes from nature. [ WHAT IS AN ECOSYSTEM? ] Biodiversity occurs in, an ecosystem. An ecosystem is a dynamic community of living organisms - plants, animals, and microorganisms interacting with each other and with their physical environment such as the air, soil and water. [ EVERYTHING IN AN ECOSYSTEM IS CONNECTED ] Take for example how small mammals and birds discard seeds and fruit which fall to the ground and naturally decompose, providing nutrients to the soil that help new trees grow. [ RESILIENCE IN BIODIVERSITY ] Biodiversity is essential to the sustainability of an ecosystem. [ ECOSYSTEMS WITH HIGH BIODIVERSITY ARE MORE PRODUCTIVE AND RESILIENT ] The more species in an ecosystem the more variety it holds. An ecosystem with a high level of species diversity is more resistant to environmental change and to human impacts. Tropical rainforests, home to around half of the biodiversity on Earth, are more likely to withstand and recover from disasters such as fires and floods than those with less species. [ ECOSYSTEM SERVICES ] [ ECOSYSTEM SERVICES ARE THE BENEFITS WE DERIVE FROM NATURE ] Biodiversity provides a variety of goods and services upon which we all depend. It helps to ensure a stable climate. Biodiversity provides our food, fresh water, raw materials and recreation. We call these ‘ecosystem services.’ Ecosystem services are fundamental to human wellbeing and sustainable livelihoods. Business also relies on a steady flow of ecosystem services - Forests supply timber and wood fiber Bees help to pollinate crops Soil and microorganisms store and purify water Forests and oceans absorb greenhouse gases that helps mitigate climate change and its impacts on business. Biodiversity also insures us against natural disasters. Mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems act as a barrier to reduce loss and damage caused by storm surges, floods and typhoons. [ BIODIVERSITY BUILDS RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ] Wherever we live - a city, town, or village, we depend on nature. Every person and every business needs healthy and prosperous economies which is underpinned by biodiversity. [ BIODIVERSITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN WELL-BEING ] The choices we make today - as consumers, companies, governments and as a society - has an impact on biodiversity. Biodiversity is nature’s insurance for a healthy planet. Join us to discover the value and wonders of biodiversity

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