Preserving Biodiversity Means Preserving Life
“I can’t imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive.“—David Suzuki
Earth as we know it is changing and while we’ve advanced in many aspects, our home is losing flora and fauna at an alarming rate. We must take action NOW to protect the biodiversity our planet thrives on.
But why biodiversity? Well …
Our most reliable ecosystems depend on it
Humans depend on the resources our diverse ecosystems provide, such as water, food, and medicine. These ecosystems rely on a diverse array of plants and animals that complete a healthy life cycle. However, a decrease in biodiversity can have a negative domino effect, limiting these resources, until they are extinct.
For example, as humans tear down natural habitats, we see a decrease in animals that are important to pollination and wildlife control. This eventually leads to harder-to-find resources and an increase in pest issues.
It’s essential to solving climate change
In recent years, climate change has made itself apparent through bigger storms, extreme temperatures, and rising sea levels. Biodiversity can help slow down soaring global temperatures.
Human-led deforestation is responsible for almost 11 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Stopping the destruction of these habitats and conserving carbon-storing plants can keep greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere.
In addition, forests and wetland ecosystems act as safeguards during extreme storms and floods. By protecting them, we’re protecting countless people and animals from natural disaster displacement.
It’s good for the economy
The food, commercial forestry, and ecotourism industries could all lose an estimated $338 billion per year if the loss of biodiversity continues at its current pace. Meanwhile, there are estimates that investing in natural resources could be worth up to $6 trillion by 2050.
It provides us with culture and identity.
Whether we’re painting happy little trees, admiring the majestic bald eagle, or cooking with our favorite herbs, nature is frequently found within religious, cultural and national identities.
It keeps us alive
Millions of people depend on nature for their day-to-day livelihoods, often relying on high-biodiversity ecosystems as their source of food, fuel, and medicine.
Project Peril is dedicated to protecting endangered species through holistic and experienced conservation efforts. Our program identifies priority species for conservation and rigorously evaluates wildlife conservation organizations working to save these species. These include keystone species like the Jaguar, which play an essential role in the functioning of an ecosystem; umbrella species like the Tiger, whose protection indirectly ensures the protection of other species in the habitat; evolutionarily distinct species like the Pangolin, which have few close relatives left on the planet; and flagship species like the Elephant, charismatic species that encourage conservation at large.
To this day, the program has provided support in 5 continents, 13 countries, and worked with 22 partners preserving 13 identified species. You can help us.
by czarina, August 2, 2019