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Biodiversity refers to the diversity of all living species on earth. All animals, plants, fungi and bacteria are part of our biodiversity. A broad biodiversity ensures a healthy nature and a world in balance. The biodiversity on our planet is extremely broad, so broad that many species have not yet been discovered. But this extreme versatility is now at risk.
The importance of insects
Bees play a major role in this delicate balance; they pollinate plants and thus ensure the survival of a large part of our flora. But bee populations are shrinking worldwide. This shrinkage poses a direct threat to biodiversity among plants and crops. Apples, coffee, almonds, tomatoes and cocoa, among others, are highly dependent on pollination by bees.
The decline in bee populations is caused by intensive and non-diverse forms of agriculture, the excessive use of chemicals in the cultivation of food, but also climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss. Bees are important for biodiversity, but the insect depends on biodiversity in return. The decline in biodiversity is one of the reasons why the bee populations are in such a poor condition all over the world. That is why Tim Boin chose the bee to symbolise the biodiversity loss in Awareness Art.
The earth has to be protected
At a recent United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UN Convention on Biological Diversity) it was concluded that one third of the earth must be protected by 2030 and that pollution must be reduced by half in order to save wildlife life. According to the Living Planet Report published every six months by WWF, wild animal populations worldwide have declined by an average of 60% between 1970 and 2014.
Biodiversity is necessary
Biodiversity is necessary for a healthy planet. Humanity depends on it. One million different species are now threatened with extinction. According to scientists, this massive extinction and biodiversity loss are mainly caused by overexploitation and decrease of wild nature, with one single underlying cause: man. But this conclusion also offers us perspective. The problem is caused by; but can also be solved by man. In that case, however, it is necessary to take action rather sooner than later.