Biodiversity is defined as “the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.
Biodiversity (super simplified) is the natural balance of nature (species, animals, landscape) and cycle of live that enables us to live.
Biodiversity is the core foundation of natural services to which human well-being is totally dependent on. This component of the planet is complex, dynamic and No feature of Earth is more complex and dynamic than the species that depend on it. It is also the feature on the planet experiencing overwhelming change in the hands of humans – especially those doing business. Biodiversity glues plants, animals and microbes into one environmental system through chemical and biological processes, and unites land, water and atmosphere into one system.
Biodiversity includes breathable air, clean water, fertile soils, productive land, bountiful seas, equitable climate and other services (greenfacts). Human activities largely influence these services and the earth’s recent history is simply a manifestation of the effects of human activities, good or bad, on the planet – such indicators include climate change.
Biodiversity includes all ecosystems! It is possible to presume that city life does not entirely rely on nature, and that it only includes the wild and untouched. This is incorrect. Urban ecosystems have biodiversity and it is critical that any decision made by government, individuals and businesses consider their impact on nature. It is Your Business too.