International Day of Biodiversity

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AKA NameJournée Int'le de la biodiversité
Related Hashtags#Biodiversity, #ForNature
2023 Date22 May 2023
2024 Date22 May 2024
International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity History

International Day for Biological Diversity seeks to raise awareness about biological diversity and the issues surrounding it. This day aims to highlight effective strategies that can help protect biodiversity. Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on the planet. Today, habitats are degrading and leading to a reduction in biodiversity, a problem that directly affects human well-being, poverty reduction, and global sustainable development.

International Day for Biological Diversity was established in 2000 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is observed annually on May 22, a day that commemorates the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992.

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International Day of Biodiversity Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for International Day for Biological Diversity in 2021 was We're part of the solution.
  • According to the UN, more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods and 1.6 billion people rely on forests and non-timber forest products for their livelihoods.
  • Habitat degradation and the loss of biodiversity is a threat to the livelihood of over 1 billion people who live in dry and subhumid climates.
  • Over 50% of the world’s plant species and 42% of all terrestrial vertebrate species are native to a specific country and do not naturally exist elsewhere.
  • We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity - E. O. Wilson, American biologist, researcher, theorist and author.

International Day for Biological Diversity Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch a movie or documentary on the importance and irreplaceability of the world’s biodiversity. Some suggestions are: The Cove, Oceans, Plastic Planet and the 11th hour.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #InternationalDayForBiologicalDiversity, #IDBD and #BiologicalDiversity.
  • Join the international Day for Biological Diversity Google Hangout where you can video stream yourself and with other people to discuss biological diversity with like-minded individuals.
  • Organize or participate in a local cleanup effort. Biodiversity is very negatively impacted by human trash and pollution.
  • Donate to the center for biological diversity. All funds are put towards securing a future for all species hovering on the brink of extinction. Emphasis is on protecting lands, waters, and climates that species need to survive. Consider funds like WWF, the Animal Project, and Defenders of Wildlife.

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