Why biodiversity matters

21 SEP,2020 | MEDC


 

Humans are exploiting and destroying nature at an unprecedented pace, and efforts by governments to halt the destruction are proving woefully inadequate. The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report says that countries will fail to meet a single of the 20 targets they collectively set in Japan in 2010 to slow down the destruction of wildlife and natural habitats. The environment and our natural resources have a key role to play across the entire socioeconomic spectrum. As we deepen our understanding of the stresses linked to climate change, water and food security, we need to revise our approach to the impact of modern technologies on the environment and its implications for human security. All nations, but more so emerging economies like India that have considerable development deficits, need to partner with nature in formulating their growth strategies. The bottom-line is to never mess with Mother Nature … in the past six months alone, a microscopic virus has clearly shown us the limits of our scientific abilities.

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