May 22nd marks the United Nation’s annual observance of the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s theme is “We are Part of the Solution”, which acts as a continuation of 2020’s theme, “Our Solutions are in Nature”. While last year’s theme was a reminder of the key role Nature plays in supporting humanity to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals, this year’s theme underscores the reality that human beings have the capacity to either impede upon biodiversity loss, or to contribute to it.
As the global community is entering into a time of transition, it is crucial now more than ever to recognize the urgency of halting biodiversity loss. For instance, One million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction if biodiversity loss persists at the current rate.
Additionally, if biodiversity loss continues to grow, human beings are at an increased risk of exposure to zoonotic diseases. However, if biodiversity is maintained and protected, it offers solutions to protecting against zoonotic diseases like coronavirus. Thus, it is up to human beings to find solutions in Nature, and to advocate for these, as opposed to trying to control and exploit Nature.
Now is the time for the global community to begin to rediscover how to live in harmony with Nature. In living in harmony with the natural world, human beings will be able to listen to Nature and develop a relationship with the Earth, and thus protect the planet, and each other.