Biodiversity is life
The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB). By highlighting the importance of biodiversity all over the world, we as individuals and organisations can help safeguard biodiversity and a sustainable future for us all.
Biodiversity is a term used to describe the richness and variety of life on earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of our planet as it is the complex network of interactions between all forms of life that sustains all natural living systems, including mankind. This measure of biodiversity can be our guide to interacting with the natural environment and for shaping policy and actions in sustainable ways.
Fundamentally, biodiversity is about the actual plants, animals and other life forms that are part of our shared existence on this planet. It includes the plants and animals we encounter everyday, for example the particular variety of native wild flowers, grasses and trees of the British countryside with which we share our history. It is open to us as individuals to engage directly with this diversity, to keep a watching brief, but also to do something practical.
The 2010 International Year of Biodiversity seeks to reflect on our past and current achievements. Since 1980 many individuals, schools, landscapers, businesses and organisations have responded to the accelerating losses of plant habitats and species in Britain by sowing seed of wild flowers and grasses. To find out more about how sowing seed can continue to enhance and restore biodiversity in 2010 visit our biodiversity page.
For more information about the International Year of Biodiversity in the UK visit the official website www.biodiversityislife.net . Top of their list of suggestions page ‘Do one thing' is create a wild flower meadow, here is your opportunity!
Posted on 01 February 2010,