Loss of Biodiversity: How Can JDX Help?
The “Go Green” initiative is the tool through which JDX strives to bring environmental issues to the forefront of our minds and make a difference. This week, the Society’s newest member, Ana-Smarandita, focusses on the Loss of Biodiversity and how JDX can tackle this.
Biological diversity is a resource on which future generations depend. It is the link between all organisms on Earth, binding into an interdependent ecosystem, in which all species have their role. The Earth’s assets are made up of plants, animals, land, water, the atmosphere and humans. Together we form part of the planet’s ecosystems, which means if there is biodiversity crisis, our health and livelihoods are at risk too.
The already high rates of biodiversity loss from habitat destruction, chemical pollution and invasive species will accelerate as a result of climate change and growing human populations. By 2050, Africa is expected to lose 50% of its birds and mammals, and Asian fisheries to completely collapse. The loss of plants and sea life will reduce the Earth’s ability to absorb carbon, creating a vicious cycle.
Likewise, our planet is becoming less wild. Our species has cleared three trillion trees, cultivated half its fertile land, and now fishes across most of the ocean. In the last 50 years, the populations of wild animals have reduced by 60%. We have replaced them with ourselves, and our domesticated animals and plants. Today, we and the animals we raise account for 96% of the mass of mammals and 70% of the birds on Earth. There is very little wild left.
What can we do?
Some ways in which we can minimise the risk of this continuing to happen are by reducing our impact and making sure that everything we do, we can do for ever. Phasing out fossil fuels and replacing them with renewables, upgrading to efficient food production and reducing our consumption of meat, properly managing our ocean, working hard to keep hold of the wild populations we still have by encouraging nature wherever we can, and advocating for Biodiversity.
The way in which we, as JDXers can help, is by educating ourselves about the importance and spreading the information so we can create a future that we can be proud of. For more information, please watch the short video below.