International Day for Biological Diversity
“The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick. The wounds inflicted on our mother earth are wounds that also bleed in us.” – Pope Francis, June 5, 2020
The United Nations’ International Day for Biological Diversity is May 22.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of living species on Earth, including plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi. It allows agricultural systems to
overcome environmental shocks, climate change and pandemics.
According to the United Nations, in the last 100 years, more than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers’ fields. Half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost, and all of the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits. Locally varied food production systems are under threat and agrobiodiversity is disappearing.
The loss of diverse diets is directly linked to diseases or health risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity and malnutrition.
What can we do?
- Keep abreast of legislation affecting biodiversity and vote for people who demonstrate their support for long-term ecological sustainability.
- Buy more organic and seasonal foods.
- Increase daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and reduce meat consumption.
- Compost food scraps and reduce food waste.
- Reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
- Use reusable bags and reuse glass jars or containers.
- Avoid single-use plastics like plastic straws, coffee cups, plastic cutlery, takeout containers or bottled water.