The term “biodiversity” refers to the variety of life on Earth.
Biodiversity is you — and every other living thing on the planet. Although we commonly observe it, biodiversity is more than just bugs, animals, and trees. t’s about how everything is connected. If we lose one piece of biodiversity, the rest is affected.
We are all connected. Every species — including humans — is connected and relies on each other to survive.
Other species could suffer if one aspect of biodiversity disappeared. In order to prevent losing any of these important pieces, it’s important to protect biodiversity.
Consider how it would be if maple trees suddenly disappeared. Their leafy shade, fall colors, and maple syrup would be missed. Also, we would lose all the essential oxygen, habitats for animals and birds, and wood for building and furniture.
Our province, backyards, and forests would change forever. And that’s just a single small example.
It provides things like:
Many medications are made from substances found in nature. Ontario, which has more than 30,000 species, might have hidden cures for deadly diseases.
Food is one of the many wonderful things that biodiversity offers because you are what you eat. Crops are pollinated by bees, yields are increased by organic fertilization, and our plants become stronger and healthier thanks to heirloom variety. One Ontario farmer can feed 120 people each year, all thanks to biodiversity.
Did you know that biodiversity also regulates our climate?
Forests, wetlands, and other conserved habitats help to regulate greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and reduce the impact of floods and droughts.
Humans may be a cause of biodiversity loss, but we can also be the solution.
What can I do to help?
Plant a tree or clean up a park, ravine, or river close to where you live to save and restore habitats.
Reduce your ecological footprint by carpooling, recycling, and using less energy.