Biodiversity does so much for us for free, often unbeknownst to us. However, we are right now experiencing the largest mass species extinction ever. As more and more species are lost or in serious decline, so will the quality of life they afford us. Supporting our local ecology is an excellent way to help support stressed habitats while also ensuring a quality of life for ourselves.
What does habitat conservation have to do with resilience and Climate Change?
As resources become strained, we need nature more and more to pick up our slack. The trouble is, habitats are already suffering. Bee populations are plummeting which means their valuable work of pollinating our crops has to be done by someone else. Alternate means of pollination will drive food costs up -something no one wants. What would life be like if bees went extinct? Bees, our little buzzing friends that many of us rarely think about, are responsible for a quality of life we take for granted. It makes sense to do whatever we can to preserve and promote a healthy habitat where they can thrive. Supporting them is supporting ourselves.
What is biodiversity and what does it have to do with resiliency?
Biodiversity is a healthy variety of species that can sustain itself in a given environment. Having biodiversity in our area supports our health and well-being. See this article in the New York Times about disease flourishing as biodiversity declines: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/as-biodiversity-declines-disea...
Biodiversity is the model of resiliency. The more diversified our support system is, the more resilient it becomes. For instance, right now we get almost all our energy from fossil fuels. When the price goes up, it creates shocks throughout our society. Food prices go up, the costs of transportation, products, etc. In nature, th