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     This week’s items of interest:


– If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well,
and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function,
no amount of money will save us – 
David Suzuki

  • 22 May – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
  • 23 May – WORLD TURTLE DAY (Youtube video)


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INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY (22 May)
  • Biodiversity is a vital asset in global and local economies
  • Biodiversity plays a major role in mitigating climate change by contributing to long-term sequestration of carbon in a number of biomes
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning provide goods and services essential for human health – including nutrients, clean air and water and regulation of pests and vector-based diseases
  • Clean and secure supplies of water depend on biodiversity
  • Biodiversity is the basis for sustainable livelihoods
  • Traditional knowledge associated with biodiversity is important and has value not only to those who depend on it in their daily lives but to modern industry and agriculture as well
  • Biodiversity is the cornerstone of the work, belief systems and basic survival of many women
  • even the built environments of our cities are linked to and affected by biodiversity
 
WORLD TURTLE DAY (23 May)

We hope this video of graceful turtles in one of the most beautiful locations on earth inspired you to sign the petition for Reef protection.Next week, the World Heritage Committee will release its draft decision on the Reef – then it’s just three weeks until the full meeting in Bonn. Can you help to get to 350,000 signatures before the meeting in Bon?