One leading cause of loss of biodiversity is climate change which is triggered by men. Global warming is one of the worst things that happened to our planet because a lot of negative effects are appearing like the death of the Great Barrier Reef. Pollution on land, in air and water is also one cause. Water systems suffer aquatic nutrient load from fertilisers and agricultural by-products. Oceans are seeing rising acidity levels caused by man-made pollutant activity. Habitat destruction due to urbanization like mining, agriculture, settlement and many more are one leading example of the destruction of natural habitats. When will this ever end?

Biodiversity allows us to live healthy and happy lives.  It provides us with an array of foods and materials and it contributes to the economy.  Without a diversity of pollinators, plants, and soils, our supermarkets would have a lot less produce. If humans know the importance of biodiversity, then why are things that can cause the loss of it are still going on? But in every bad happening to the biodiversity, there are also biodiversity loss solutions, too.

Biodiversity loss solutions

Protecting endangered areas

Creating protected areas where human activity is limited is the best way to prevent deforestation and exploitation of organisms and the resources they need to survive. In order to truly make a difference, much planning needs to go into the creation of a protected area. It needs to consider all elements of the ecosystem it is trying to protect, so that it isn’t too small. It needs to include all resources that are utilized by its inhabitants; for example, leaving out a stream where half of the mammals go to drink would not make a protected area very effective.

Awareness to those who are powerful enough to make a change

Making the public, government policymakers and land managers aware of the global and local consequences of biodiversity changes, both social and environmental. It is important for them to spread awareness because they are role models and they can nudge people into doing what is right.

Knowing more about Biodiversity

Biodiversity also needs to be studied more in order to give humans the necessary knowledge needed to protect animal and plant species from going extinct. It is important that people have the proper knowledge in order to make the right decisions that can be good for the overall health of the environment and other species.

The Extinction of Species at an alarming and dangerous rate

In order to do halt this, following the above steps and many more has to be done and also, looking for many ways in order to slow the extinction down by taking care of forests and limiting the urbanization is one step but can go a long way especially if innocent lives are at stake.

With these knowledge in mind, people should be more vigilant and find their own solutions in order to help stop biodiversity loss because what they don’t know is that their lives and future kids’ lives are at stake. It is always better to be aware than turn a blind eye.

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