Biodiversity – the weave of life

Imagine a world where all the plants look the same, all the animals look the same, and all nature look brazenly the same way they looked yesterday every morning. It is not sure what that world will look like, but one thing is sure, it will in no way be compared to what mother earth looks like in terms of beauty.

Biodiversity is not an everyday term, but it is vital for everyday life. Coined from the terms: Biology and Diversity; Biodiversity is the variety and variability on earth- it describes all lives on earth in their uniqueness and interdependency.

The core threads of biodiversity include genetic, species, and ecosystem. Basically, biodiversity measures the variation in these three things across different regions of the earth.

Unfortunately, biodiversity has decreased over the years and man is the major cause of these mishaps. Man’s demand on nature has endangered many species and sent some on extinction. It has gotten so bad that even the existence of man is being threatened. This is because all lives on earth depend on each other and the disappearance or alteration of one has an adverse effect on mother earth.

So, what is the way forward?

It may appear to you that there is nothing you can do to help the situation, but the reality is there are so many things you can stop doing that can help. This include:

  1. Desist from uncontrolled hunting in the wild.
  2. Stop the killing of wild animals unsustainably for trade.
  3. Properly dispose of wastes especially non-biodegradable waste so they will not end up in the water bodies and become poison to aquatic species.
  4. Burn wastes can pose a threat to soil organisms.
  5. Avoid the pollution of the environment with noise or air pollutants such as exhaust from faulty vehicles or generators which can cause alterations in the genetic makeup of the organisms that live around us e.g. birds.
  6. Avoid illegal deforestation.

These simple steps and many more go a long way in helping our world.

Biodiversity is not an everyday term but it is vital for everyday life. Coined from the terms: Biology and Diversity; Biodiversity is the variety and variability on earth- it describes all lives on earth in their uniqueness and interdependency.

The core threads of biodiversity include genetic, species, and ecosystem. Basically, biodiversity measures the variation in these three things across different regions of the earth.

Unfortunately, biodiversity has decreased over the years and man is the major cause of these mishaps. Man’s demand on nature has endangered many species and sent some on extinction. It has gotten so bad that even the existence of man is being threatened. This is because all lives on earth depend on each other and the disappearance or alteration of one has an adverse effect on mother earth.

So, what’s the way forward?

It may appear to you that there is nothing you can do to help the situation but the reality is there are so many things you can stop doing that can help. These include:

Proper disposal of wastes especially non-biodegradable waste so they won’t end up in the water bodies and become poison to aquatic species.

Burning of wastes which can pose a threat to soil organisms.

Pollution of the environment with noise or air pollutant such as exhaust from faulty vehicles or generators which can cause alterations in the genetic makeup of the organisms that live around us e.g. birds.

These simple steps and many more go a long way in helping our world.

Written by Oluwabukolami Olajide