“Our Solutions are in Nature”- the theme for this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May. The Convention on Biological Diversity has set this day aside every year to celebrate Earth’s incredible and myriad miracles – big and small, huge and minute.
As the global community is called to re-examine its relationship to the natural world, one thing is certain: despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for our health, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, just to name a few. The slogan “Our solutions are in nature” emphasises hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.
Why Do we Need Solutions?
What on Earth does it mean? Our solutions are in nature? Solutions for what? Why should we care? Well, human beings have caused the biggest crisis of all time on Earth: climate change and global warming. Huge environmental issues are linked to this: the plastic pandemic, the Covid 19 pandemic, the trade in wildlife pandemic, the rainforest destruction pandemic – and so the list goes on. What on Earth are we doing?
A solution is like an answer – what you decide to do to solve a problem. We have a problem! So, let’s try to solve it together. And we can do this by looking after Nature and learning from her…
How Do Earth Kids Respond?
Earth Kids respond by taking small steps. They participated in the IBDD by creating a video! They all had something to share about their understanding of “our solutions are in nature”. What do you think it means?
Earth Kids spend the week leading up to the International Biological Diversity Day learning about Biodiversity and doing some tasks.
We learned what Biodiversity really is…
And we learned about Ecosystems and Food Webs…
Amelie knows her food web connections well:
Jeremy shared with us a wonderful picture he draw to illustrate Mega Biodiversity in South Africa!
Jeremy: South Africa is so Mega Biodiverse
- South Africa is one of the top three biodiversity-rich countries, with Brazil and Indonesia.
- South Africa has one of the world’s biggest flower kingdoms.
- South Africa is on a high plateau and has two different oceans: the Indian Ocean that is warm and the Atlantic that is cold.
- South Africa has millions of creatures ranging from the smallest insects to the largest animals.
- South Africa has lots of game parks and lots of protected marine areas.
- South Africa is one of the countries that has the most different and diverse populations.
Sophia was very artistic in her depiction of her garden biodiversity:
Amelia was very conscientious in her duty to listen to all the wonderful life in her garden, from the tiny insects to the birds and the trees.
Biological Diversity keeps human beings alive – and that means you too! What are YOU going to do about it?