Biodiversity Hotspots: Should we still ignore them

We are not worry about rising number of biodiversity hotspots all around the world.

How long we will be following the footsteps of an ostrich. It has unarguably been established that by putting our head into the sand we can’t avoid it.

Our problem is that we usually don’t try to understand what biodiversity means. Even if we know its meaning we don’t bother to think why it is important to us. But the fact is that we can’t know its importance unless we understand its concept with a little detail.

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What is biodiversity?

According to National Geographic biodiversity refers to all the different kinds of living organisms within a given area. Biodiversity includes plants, animals, fungi, and other living things. Biodiversity can include everything from towering redwood trees to tiny, single-cell algae that are impossible to see without a microscope.

It actually covers every kind of life on earth be it a plant, animal, fungi, human or other living things. We know beauty lies in diversity in any kind of creation. This earth is the best creation of mother Nature so shouldn’t it has as much diversity as possible to take it to the height of beauty.

Beauty does matter a lot but the issue does not confine to beauty only. Biodiversity keeps the earth in balance. Let me explain in layman term. Forests provide home to animals. Animals eat plants. Plants need healthy soil to grow. Bees and other insects carry pollen from one plant to another which enables plants to reproduce. If biodiversity lessens so inter-connectivity of living beings weaken ultimately putting the earth in peril.

What are biodiversity hotspots?

Biodiversity hotspots are the regions in the world where diversity in life is quite rich but it is equally in danger as well. The danger could be man-made or natural. Greed to earn more money is the biggest man-made reason that puts every region at risk. Life is shrinking there but we can’t see it.

To us life is simply of humans and to an extent of animals and plants. We don’t think about millions of living beings in the soil and water. We don’t think about algae that is one of the most important living beings.

So rising number of biodiversity hotspots around the world is obvious. Earlier such spots were about 34 but now no one can say for sure its exact number.

Reasons of decreased biodiversity

Unplanned development of infrastructure is one of the biggest reasons of loss of biodiversity. Buildings, roads, damns and other material establishments have shrunk the natural habitat. Now artificial habitat is dominating the planet earth. That means lesser number of living species and it will weaken the entire eco system.

What will happen when no living being would be on earth to eat grass. Man has to arrange artificial tools to clean the unwanted grass from the earth.

Also rising air pollution brings on global warming and climate change. That ultimately caused un-predictable weather trends. Hot gets extra hot and cold regions are becoming abnormally cold. Living beings can’t sustain that much extremity in weather condition. So their elimination is quite nature. They can’t survive in extreme weather conditions.

How to control loss of biodiversity?

So the biggest need of time is to control the greed of man. Every kind of happiness can’t be obtained with luxuries. As we know every kind of electronic gadget is invented that helps you live without even moving an inch. But what is the outcome. Has man gotten rid of all kinds of problems. Not at all. Instead he has gotten a few more problems including obesity, depression, anxiety and stress.

If man does not wake up yet he has to survive in a fragile earth where a lot of things will not be done naturally and he has to invent a lot to balance our ecosystem. But this isn’t possible as it is beyond the capacity of technology to manage nature.


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