Yesterday was Environment day (5th June), I am writing this article to encourage awarenesses and action to protect our planet and with 1 million species facing extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity.
Everything comes from nature, the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable.
The planet has been sending us messages to take care of her more, such as bad floods, changing of weather and it being too hot or too cold, ice has been melting dramatically, species dying or becoming extinct, it's time for each one of us to do our part to help, some ways you can help is by ditching plastic, I can't begin to describe how much plastic is around our planet and in our waste fields and the effects it is having on us, our planet and especially the animals on land, lakes and in the sea.
What's the meaning of Biodiversity?
It's very simple, it's the variety of life on earth, it's measured by variation at the genetic, species and ecosystem level, terrestrial biodiversity is usually greater near the equator, which is the result of the warm climate and high primary productivity.
Why is it important?
Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, a larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops. Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.
How do we Impact this?
We impact this by our population numbers, use of land, and their lifestyles, causing damage to habitats for species. Through proper education and by demanding that governments make decisions to preserve biodiversity, the human population will be able to sustain life on earth longer.
What is the biggest threat?
The biggest threat is over hunting, commercial hunting, both legal and illegal (poaching), is the principal threat as well as having large lands for breeding animals, all this so humans can have meat on their plate, but with us comes the use of a lot of water, land and food to feed the animals. Forcefully over producing animals is not what nature intended, the second biggest threat is habitat loss/destruction/fragmentation, which is the greatest cause of extinction today.
Many species are dying or becoming extinct, I am not saying that all of this is down to plastic waste but many species are eating this plastic once disposed. the effect this has on the fish and birds who primarily digest this is horrible, we as humans then consume fish and as a result are digesting plastic also, even the water we drink from plastic bottles has plastic in them, so I always recommend having your own water bottle that you can refill and try consciencly not to purchase plastic products, do not help these companies that are harming our planter and species.
We need to start changing our ways and start seeing other species as friends, they also do their part in helping our planet so we can survive and live a healthy life too.
Below I will recommend some articles to read and some products that are worth swapping in order to help you ditch plastic.
Websites I recommend where you can buy eco-friendly products and start ditching plastic!
Thank you for reading this article and I hope it gives you something to think about and encourages you to make a change in your life, your body will thank you for the change.
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