Many years ago, there were sweet (and a bit cheesy) television ads for a phone company whose motto was: “We’re all connected!” They tugged at your heart strings, as the ads showed family and friends staying in touch, connected—by telephone of course—over huge distances.
Today, the whole world celebrates the fact that all life is connected; today is World Biodiversity Day! Since we protect and defend biodiversity around the world everyday, we are glad to partake in the festivities!
Officially recognized by the United Nations as the International Day for Biological Diversity “to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues,” this important day reminds us of the breathtaking variety of life and the interdependence of all ecosystems—and our need to protect biodiversity from the environmental devastation caused by global warming, deforestation, and pollution.
This year’s World Biodiversity Day coincides with the International Year of Water Cooperation, declared for 2013. In particular, we are reminded of biodiversity’s links with water—how healthy forests and soils protect watersheds for people and fisheries, how bivalves like clams purify water for all life, how every isolated wetland and stream, creek, river, and lake is interconnected—even to the ocean.
Humans are as much a part of biodiversity as every other living thing. And we are just as dependent on the untold billions of living organisms as every other organic being is. But, sadly, we also cause more damage to our life support systems than any other species, too.
Today, on World Biodiversity Day, please take a moment to think about that—and share your insight with others. And we really are all connected, so don’t forget stay connected to SavingSpecies!
Sign up for our newsletter
Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus
Join 8,000+ biodiversity professionals on LinkedIn
Learn more about our people
Learn more about our work
Support our programs, with 100% of your donation going to in-country projects