Biodiversity is very important to humans for so many reasons. Ecological life support for one thing.
After a busy month of June, hosting Wild Acres Week and hearing from so many interesting artists, scientists, researchers, environmentalists, youth activists and generally concerned citizens, I think it apt to keep the biodiversity juices flowing and offer this month’s post as a selection of biodiversity focused quotes:
Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future.
Frans Lanting (Dutch National Geographic photographer, author and speaker)
Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity?
It is together that we will be able to save our biodiversity. This is a principle of effectiveness. But it is also a principle of humility; none of us can act alone.
Albert II. Prince of Monaco
We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
I can’t imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive
Biodiversity can’t be maintained by protecting a few species in a zoo, or by preserving greenbelts or national parks. To function properly, nature needs more room than that. It can maintain itself, however, without human expense, without zookeepers, park rangers, foresters or gene banks. All it needs is to be left alone.
Donella Meadows (American Environmental scientist, writer and teacher)
It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars.
Featured illustration via Biodiversity Heritage Library: photo by Lisa Larson-Walker