For this week’s forum assignment, I have chosen to present about biodiversity and what are some of the issues that can arise if conservation measures are not enforced. I will also explore how biodiversity affects the diverse world of the environment and the living creatures that resides in it. First, biodiversity is a shortened version for biological diversity. According to the California Biodiversity Council (2008), biodiversity simply means the diversity of plants and animals and other living things in a particular area or region. In addition, it means the number, or abundance of different species living within a particular region which some scientist calls biodiversity of an ecosystem, a natural area made up of a community of plants, animals, and other living things in a particular physical and chemical environment.
In my opinion, protecting the diversity of the ecosystem is a must to preserve our natural resources. Actions must be taken to converse, maintain, and ...view middle of the document...
The interaction of the Arctic animals and their icy environment is what makes the diversity of this area unique from other locations. Another example of a location with unique characteristic is the Mojave Desert, this location is known to have temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Many animals and plants that lives in these particular habitat reflects their biodiversity. They are unique in a way that they can withstand extreme heat with very little water. These two opposite world with its residing living creatures is a reflection of biodiversity.
Now, there are many benefits that can arise from protecting biodiversity and implementing measures to increase the well-being of all living creatures. According to Riordan (2010), he has ten reasons to care for the diversity of life; (1) feeding the world (agriculture); (2) Cures for what ails us (medicine); (3) a wealth of natural resources (economy); (4) Life support for the plants (ecosystem services); (5) why risk it (precautions; (6) homo sapiens, the curious beast (education); (7) the beauty of diversity (aesthetics); (8) because it’s there (wonder); (9) respect for creation (ethics); and (10) living history books (heritage).
The reasons he stated has their validity of why preserving biodiversity is essential. One example is that, Riordan (2010) stated that the medicine used today are derived from plants, animals, or microorganism such as aspirin and penicillin. If people continue to nourish these natural resources, the possibility of developing cures for future ailments is within reach. Another example is the heritage and the wonders of the earth. Since biodiversity derived from the past, it is important to preserve what we have that reflects the past. Although we can never experience the biodiversity of the distant past, preserving what we have will provide us the glimpse of what the world have gone through (for example, longleaf pinewoods stretched for thousands of square miles across the southeast coastal plains).
California Biodiversity Council (2008). What is Diversity?. Retrieved from http://biodiversity.ca.gov/Biodiversity/biodiv_definition.html
Riordan, R. M. (2010). NatureServe: Biodiversity Insights: Ten Reasons to Save Biodiversity. Retrieved from http://www.natureserve.org/consIssues/tenReasons.jsp