International Day for Biological Diversity is not celebrated as widely or covered as much in the media as Earth Day. That might be because many people ask, what is biodiversity? And why should we care? Isn’t that what Earth Day is for?
Biodiversity is the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem. Basically, all different kinds of life that are living in one area. The variety of animals, plants, fungi and tiny microorganisms we can't even see, like bacteria, are all part of what makes up our world.
Each species is imperative to create homeostasis in our ecosystem. Meaning, a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.
Biodiversity of ecosystems provides us with fundamental needs like food, clean, water, medicine and shelter. Ecosystems weakened by the loss of biodiversity are less likely to deliver those services. Not only does biodiversity provide us key tools for living, but it can also boost the economy.
The loss of biodiversity is largely attributed to deforestation and our ever-growing human population. The lack of biodiversified land is accelerating the global climate crisis because we are also creating irreversible damage by continuing to use fossil fuels and natural gas instead of reliable renewable alternatives.
At least 40 percent of the world’s economy and 80 percent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. Altogether, the food, commercial forestry and ecotourism industries could lose $338 billion per year if the loss of biodiversity continues at its current pace.
Our planet’s cries for help have escalated to temper tantrums from Mother Nature. Floridian’s can attest to the increasing frequency and veracity of hurricanes and tropical storms year after year.
So, are you willing to take the first step to help save our home?
If you could help positively impact the global climate crisis without compromising your quality of life, putting in additional effort or spending more money, would you?
Unless you can confidently tell your grandchildren, you were part of the problem, not the solution - your answer is likely YES.
Now Floridians have the ability to choose how their homes and commercial properties are powered, which means there is an affordable and reliable solar energy alternative available.
So what’s the downside? Nothing. No seriously, there aren’t any negatives here.
Switching to solar helps…
- Solve the global climate crises
- Helps preserve our biodiverse ecosystem
- Save money
- Increase property value 4.6%
We’re encouraging our residents to consider giving our home the tools it needs to thrive. Because if you’re not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.