In Ontario, some hotspots for biodiversity are: ~Hudsons and James Bay coasts ~ Rainy River ~ Carden Plain ~ Frontenac Axis ~ Bruce peninsula ~ Walpole island ~ Wainfleet bog ~ Leitrim wetland ~ Long point, Rondeau and Point pelee
Some of you might be wondering... "how does biodiversity effect me?" Well, humans are currently using 25% more of the earth’s natural resources than the world can sustain. If we continue at this rate, we will not have many left, which will affect us greatly.
“Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.” -http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/684562 (2010) A new global study concludes that 90 percent of all large fishes have disappeared from the world’s oceans in the past half century, the devastating result of industrial fishing.
Biodiversity is very important and must be protected because ~ the more species of plants, the more diversity of crops ~ more species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life ~ healthy ecosystems can better recover from disasters
There are 8.7 million species in the world (2011). There are about 2.5 million different insect species in the Amazon rainforest, also, more than 40,000 different plant species.
So many species are disappearing. In Madagascar, only 17% of its original vegetation remains.
Some of the causes of biodiversity loss include: ~ Habitat destruction ~ Invasive species ~ Human overpopulation ~ Pollution ~ Climate change ~ Over harvesting
To help improve biodiversity, humans must: ~ not consume as much ~ eat organic ~ buy fair trade products ~ use less energy ~ look for sustainable labels when purchasing products ~ avoid products made from bone, fur, or leather ~ plant native species ~ NOT litter or pollute ~ recycle ~ separate hazardous waste out of your trash ~ volunteer
What is it you ask? Biodiversity is a term meaning, the variety of species within the planet, or a certain region. Biodiversity also refers to the genetic variation within and between species, as well as the diversity of regions and ecosystems. “In short, it is described as degree of variation of life.” - https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/topics/biodiversity/questions-and-answers#start