Biological Diversity or Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth that operates our ecosystem. It maintains the balance of the world with some essential services like pollination, seed dispersal, climate regulation, water purification, nutrient cycling, control of agricultural pests, etc. Nowadays, there is an imbalance caused to this biodiversity because of global warming, climatic changes, extinction of species, and many more. International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated to indicate that it is our job to conserve Biological diversity.
History of International Day for Biological Diversity
The General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (UNO) created the International Day for Biological Diversity in 1993. Biodiversity day was originally proposed on December 29, 1993. Because of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the day has lost its focus and remains unknown to the world. So realizing its importance in the modern world, the UN has revised its date on the year 2000 and announced its new date as May 22.
Themes of International Day for Biological Diversity
|2021||We’re part of the solution|
|2020||Our solutions are in nature|
|2019||Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health|
|2018||Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity|
|2017||Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism|
|2016||Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods|
|2015||Biodiversity for Sustainable Development|
|2013||Water and Biodiversity|
|2010||Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation|
|2009||Invasive Alien Species|
|2008||Biodiversity and Agriculture|
|2007||Biodiversity and Climate Change|
|2006||Protect Biodiversity in Drylands|
|2005||Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World|
|2004||Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All|
|2003||Biodiversity and poverty alleviation – challenges for sustainable development|
|2002||Dedicated to forest biodiversity|
Other Celebrations on May 22
May 22 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate the Day
The day is celebrated on May 22 of every year in which various awareness programs will be conducted regarding Biodiversity and its importance for the betterness of the world. Also, several programs, events, and competitions will be conducted with various themes annually. You can also share your thought about how to conserve our biodiversity via quotes, essays, images, videos, etc on various social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. with the hashtag #InternationalDayforBiologicalDiversity.
Ways to Preserve Biological Diversity/Biodiversity
Recycle plastic, glass, paper, and cardboard products – By doing this we can reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Save Bees – Bee contributes over 35% World’s food supply, so it is important to save them by planting various plants and flowers in your garden and yards.
Take shorter showers – Water plays an important role in our biodiversity. 8 minutes of shower consumes over 25 gallons of water which are more, so use wisely.
Use Reusable and energy-saving Products – It helps you save money and the environment like CFL bulbs, Solar batteries, etc. Also, it reduces the emission of Greenhouse gas and lowers global warming.
Thank you for reading the article. Hope you will take all the necessary step to make the world a better place for the future by conserving Biodiversity. Celebrate every day of your life with Happydays365.org. Happy International Day for Biological Diversity 2021.