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BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSYTEM LOSS

An ecosystem is defined as ‘a biological community interacting organisms and their physical environment’
Source: Oxford dictionary – http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ecosystem
While by definition, biodiversity includes all living organisms (wild or domesticated) and the habitats (natural or man-made) within which they occur. Furthermore, the components of biodiversity are not independent because the patterns in nature are a result of interactions between genetic diversity and the environment’.
Source: WWF - http://www.worldwildlife.org/bsp/publications/africa/181/Chap_2.html

I am reminded of the John Muir quote “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” To me that is how the world is, all interconnected by invisible threads- we never understand the depth of impact when one thread is broken until it is too late.
Biodiversity and ecosystems around the world are being threatened at an alarming rate due to several environmental changes and by us humans. As well as the many moral and ethical reasons to preserve it for its own sake, biodiversity and ecosystems bring to us several services and resources such as food, water, pest control, medicines and moreover regulates the world’s climate. As a result of most of our food and necessities coming from these ecosystems, it is essential for the current and future generations that our biodiversity remains intact. Humans must ensure that this happens with sustainable development, the pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come.
However as there isn’t a balance, the ecosystems are quickly declining around the world, animals and plants are affected as they no longer have their natural habitat...

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