Biodiversity is a word that means “the variety of living things”. It indicates not just the vast array of life but also it’s inter-connectedness. Protection of biodiversity is important for many reasons.
- there is a moral argument for conserving that which exists for its own right;
- it provides us with what is known as ecosystem services – that is food, fresh air, clean water, insects that pollinate our crops, medicines and addresses climate change;
- it is known that a green and healthy environment is good for our own personal wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
We know we are losing our biodiversity with many species of animals and plants decreasing in the UK and across the world. It is becoming clear that only through co-ordinated policy and action will we halt these losses. It is now more important than ever that we conserve and enhance what remains.