Some people may believe that we can live without some ecosystems. What they don’t realize is that we are very dependent on the health of all ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems clean our water, purify our air, maintain our soil, regulate the climate, recycle nutrients and provide us with food.
Biodiversity is the variety of all living things on Earth and how they come together in the web of life, bringing countless benefits to the environment. It is also an indicator of the health of an ecosystem – the more biodiverse it is, the healthier it will stay.
The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. Biodiversity loss does not get the attention it deserves.