Celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity!
Man can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. ~ Richard Wright
Variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on May 22, 2015 the International Day for Biological Diversity, as he called on the international community to recommit to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss particularly as the United Nations prepares to adopt a new set of development goals.
“Protecting ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services by poor and vulnerable groups are essential to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks on the Day, marked around the world every year on 22 May, with the 2015 theme focusing on ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.’
Biodiversity is a critical foundation of the Earth’s life support system on which the welfare of current and future generations depend. Cities are a testing ground of our capacity to live together and create environments that are socially just, ecologically sustainable, economically productive, politically participatory, and culturally vibrant. They contain more people dependent on nature than the rest of Earth’s population combined. The world is becoming increasingly urban. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. If sustainably managed, biodiversity in cities can become part of the solution to urban problems.
Health is a basic human right, and is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as not simply being free from illness, but in a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Biodiversity is an important foundation for human health. It underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend for our food and fresh water, aids in regulating climate, floods and disease, is a source of pharmaceuticals, provides recreational benefits and offers aesthetic and spiritual enrichment. While the inter-linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human health are complex, interdisciplinary research is aiming to develop a more thorough understanding of these essential relationships.
Biodiversity and human health and well-being are interlinked in numerous ways! Read more: https://www.cbd.int/idb/2015/goals/sdg3/ …
Happy International Day for Biological Diversity 2015…and here is a blog about why it matters http://bit.ly/1PAxD7P .
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