Monday 07 September 2020

Biodiversity month


September is recognised as Biodiversity Month. Critical to the survival of species, biodiversity - sometimes referred to as ‘the web of life’ - is the intricate relationship between living things and their ecosystems, and the wider relationships between ecosystems, that sustain the complexity and wonder of life on earth.
 
Unfortunately, biodiversity is under threat, in Australia and on a global level.
 
In 2019, the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) concluded: ‘The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture. The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

Each of us can take simple actions to help protrct biodiversity:
  • Be careful want we send into the marine environment via our drains
  • Be responsible in our interactions with wildlife
  • Make informed choices when purchasing seafood
  • Reduce our carbon personal/household footprint
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle and compost our waste
  • Design our backyards to provide habits and food for native creatures
  • Inspire others to do the same
  • Encourage governments and corporations to take action
In the vast majority of cases, extinctions can be prevented, habitats preserved and biodiversity restored. It takes time, effort and resources, but most importantly it takes resolve commitment. Basically, it’s a matter of choice.


AWCS

Dedicated to

cetacean

conservation,

education and

research