Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 22 April 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
This moment several campaigns happen to protect communities and develop solutions for climate change and sustainability issues. You can get involved now to make your mark in the urgent fight against climate change. Among dozen campaigns Phytoessence is wonder about adding / preserving biodiversity as a mission for our Earth Day message.
“Humans tend to think of themselves as apart from nature, but really our environment is an interconnected network of species that rely on each other for various services. Although it is often difficult to predict how removing one species from an area will impact the ecosystem as a whole, rapid extinction hinders the ability of an ecosystem to provide the resources and services that humans rely on for survival. Species are currently disappearing at a rate so extreme that scientists are terming the period we are living in now as the “Sixth Extinction”
5 Facts to Know
- According to the Rainforest Conservation Fund, between 4,000 and 6,000 species go extinct in the rainforest every year. 25% of prescription medicines originate from the rainforest.
- Biodiversity loss decreases water quality, especially important for people in rural developing areas who rely on the water filtration provided by certain ecosystems for clean drinking water.
- Many species act as a form of pest control, but as more predators (like frogs and spiders) become extinct, pest species are able to thrive.
- Biodiversity ensures food security by supplying a wide variety of plant and animals species for nutrients. Biodiversity loss decreases available nutrition.
- The rapid rate of deforestation and plant species extinction is making our coastlines erode at an accelerating rate.