TAG: Species

The Biodiversity Factor

Biodiversity effects

The endless assortment of life on the planet beckons to be awed at. The sheer scope of it is completely unimaginable when you really think about it. So, who actually started counting species, and how is it even possible to keep track? Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, actually began creating the process in 1758 that is used to name revealed species. To date, researchers assess that there are anywhere from 3 to 100 million species on earth with United Nations Environment Programme research pinning the number at 8.7 million, with a give or take factor of approximately 1.3 million. Their… read more

The Impact on Humans if Bees Become Extinct

Endangered Bees

Many bee species have been dying out in recent years, with honeybees suffering the most dramatic decline. The loss of bees has been attributed to pesticides and other toxic chemicals, mite infestations, infections, and possibly even cell phone radiation. Monoculture (growing single crops) is also a problem because bees are less healthy when they consume only one type of food. Bees are critical to the sustainability of our food supply. Loss of the pollination services that bees provide would wipe out around 80% of our food plants. If we lost the bees completely, we’d lose the majority of our fruits,… read more

Saving Life On Earth

Saving Life on Earth

What can you do to help save life on Earth? Biodiversity is a buzz word but how can you or I make a difference? Remember that everything is connected.. It’s a tenet of ecology and an underpinning principle to sustainability. Every choice we make – in our home, in the marketplace, the workplace, at school – has repercussions that extend beyond the face-value of the action. When you wash toxins down the toilet, they eventually reach our waterways and have impacts on aquatic plants, amphibians, macroinvertebrates and fish. When you eat large quantities of meat, you’re fueling an industry that… read more

The Miracle Of Life

The Miracle of Life

Nature is a powerful creative force. You’d be hard-pressed to identify any invention greater than the miraculous creation of all life on the planet! Yet in promoting (and conserving) biodiversity, are our priorities the same as those that nature itself might identify if given the opportunity and voice? The term “biodiversity” basically refers to the enormous variety of life on Earth. It is the totality of life-forms, plants and animals and micro-organisms alike. As environmental educators sharing knowledge about biodiversity, we need to communicate the value(s) of biodiversity in its own right. We also need to understand and communicate how different… read more

Threatened Trees From A Warming Climate

Threatened Trees

Trees are equally at risk as the planet grows hotter and humans continue to be careless with the environment. Here are three beautiful trees that are in danger of becoming extinct. Monkey Puzzle An evergreen that is native to South America. It received its unusual name in the early 1850’s when a British man who was unfamiliar with the tree remarked, ”It would puzzle a monkey to climb that.” The national tree of Chile, the Monkey Puzzle is an ancient species with individual specimens able to live for up to 1,000 years. The long straight trunks used to be considered ideal for lumber mills. Logging, along… read more

Irreplaceable Treasures

Way of the dodo

Earth currently faces a global extinction crisis that threatens the stability of all life on the planet. Through human impact and climate change, countless species of plants and animals alike are disappearing at rates 1000 times faster than occur naturally in the wild. Now, more than ever, it is essential that environmental educators promote public awareness of biodiversity and the roles played by the massive variety of life-forms on Earth. If we fail in this mission, all too many species will go the way of the dodo. This might sound alarming. But facing the harsh reality is essential to creating solutions… read more

The Link Between Education and Biodiversity

Hippos

The BBC TV series, Planet Earth, explores the plight of diverse endangered species around the globe. From the Amazon river dolphins and Ethiopia’s Walia ibex, to the much-loved polar bear and assorted amphibians of Central America – one thing consistently endangers these and other species, not to mention the habitats these creatures call home. What is the uniting threat? Alas, it is human beings and the way we choose to behave in relationship with (or some world argue, disconnection from) the natural world. When communicating the threats to and impacts of biodiversity loss (the extinction of life-forms on Earth, whether… read more

Forests – Natural Beauties

Natural forests

When was the last time you stood silently in a forest and emersed in the experience? Breathed in deep. Smelled the air. Listened to the sounds that emerged layer upon layer… Did you know that 2011 was International Year of the Forest? It was a time to inspire people to connect with nature, to explore the living world in ways they may not have explored it before. Every year should be year of the forest. Every person deserves the wonder of engaging with natural woodland and bushland and forest environments that live beyond the reach of urban development. Next time… read more

Still Reliant on Nature

Travelling for traditional medicine

Traditional medicine is still used in many African communities in the present day. The blending of numerous herbs is usually a science not recorded in text books, but passed on from one traditional healer to another through either apprenticeships or informal training. Although western medicine is available in most communities, there are still people who prefer to use traditional medicine for many reasons including religious beliefs and economic circumstances. As mentioned above, traditional healers generally do not have any form of formal training. However the process of blending the medicine they use is quite complex in that it involves a… read more

Saving Diversity

Saving all species

The world is a theatre in which our lives may play out, and it is our job to set the stage. As with any production of substance its embellishments must serve a purpose beyond aesthetic pleasure. When applying this to real life we must realize the biodiversity that furnishes our world transcends the virtue of beauty, it is integral to the cycle that allows life as we know it to function – and must be protected if we wish for the production to run smoothly. Perhaps as some leading roles discard those of less notoriety, if of equal importance, supporting… read more