The International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated each year on 22nd May to raise global awareness about the importance of protecting biological resources and the global biodiversity that shapes our environment – not only the various species of plants, animals and microorganisms around us, but also the genetic diversity of each of them, as well as the great variety of ecosystems that make up our planet.
The theme for this year is “We’re part of the solution #ForNature“, underscoring that we can all be powerful agents of positive change for people and the planet. This theme was chosen to be a continuation of the momentum generated during last year’s observance under the over-arching theme, “Our solutions are in nature”, which served as a reminder that biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges.
Members of Green Clubs in Don Bosco TVET Institutions in Sub-Saharan will commemorate this day through online Campaigns owing to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the United Nations, more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods, whilst another 1.6 billion depend on forests. The conservation of the Earth’s species no longer constitutes a mere altruistic dimension; it is vital to ensuring our survival. Thus, the need to conserve and protect our biodiversity.
From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.