The International Year of Biodiversity

Through this blog I have tried to look at gardening as more than a personal pleasure. I have tried to show that responsible naturalistic gardening is of benefit not only to the human environment but to the natural environment as a whole. In Canada and around the world, urban-sprawl continues to pave over fields, forests and wetlands. On farms and in the city the inappropriate use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are  affecting our water, soil and air — all to the detriment of natural diversity. Preserving natural areas must be the primary goal, but gardens as habitat have the potential to partially mitigate some of the damage being done by our continued abuse of the natural world that supports us.

The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity.

“It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity”

From the web site Messages page:

You are an integral part of nature; your fate is tightly linked with biodiversity, the huge variety of other animals and plants, the places they live and their surrounding environments, all over the world.
You rely on this diversity of life to provide you with the food, fuel, medicine and other essentials you simply cannot live without. Yet this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities. This impoverishes us all and weakens the ability of the living systems, on which we depend, to resist growing threats such as climate change.
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and people all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss. This is vital for current and future human wellbeing. We need to do more. Now is the time to act.

And how to act? Support local, national and international conservation organizations (see sidebar for some suggestions) and GO WILD IN THE GARDEN!!!


3 thoughts on “The International Year of Biodiversity

  1. Interesting that the first line puts people in as part of nature. Some seem to think we are not (perhaps they think we were specially created or spontaneously generated or came from Mars).

    If you do support ‘conservation’ organizations, you’d do best to support those that actually conserve something, like the Nature Conservancy, and avoid those that spend the money on political opportunism and legions of parasitic hangers-on.


  2. This is an interesting perspective on diversity. I agree that human beings are a part of nature and we are killing ourselves by not taking care of our planet. The idea is almost simplistic, but exploxisive because of what it could mean for humankind as well as the oceans, sky,animals, and earth if everyone did there part to plant a garden or support a conservation organization. Maybe true diversity relies on understanding that every human is a product of this earth just as much as the garden outside.


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