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Safeguarding vital resources

March 01, 2020

Global loss of biodiversity is threatening the security of the world’s food supplies and the livelihoods of millions of people. All of the species that support our food systems and sustain the people who grow and/or provide our food – cannot be recovered. Land-use changes, pollution, overexploitation of resources, climate change and human behaviors were listed as the biggest drivers of this biodiversity loss. Humans affect biodiversity by their population numbers, use of land, and their lifestyles, causing damage to habitats for species. It is important for humans to realize how their actions affect biodiversity and the importance of maintaining what biodiversity is left on the earth.

Fewer than 1 percent of rainforest plants have been examined for their medicinal properties. It is extremely likely that our best shot at curing cancer, AIDS and many other debilitating diseases lies somewhere in the world's diminishing rainforests. With some 137 rainforest species disappearing every day, there's a good chance that we're losing valuable medicines by the minute. The last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.

When that day comes, how will you live?

What are you going to do today to help create a better future?