But, how is saving biodiversity going to save the landscape?
We are seeing the consequences of our actions played out in a huge way as we witness our doomed glaciers in Antarctica. New studies released today have declared that it is too late for us to save these ancient ice mountains. These beautiful sculptures of nature will soon be gone.
What will replace these mountains of ice? Perhaps it will be mountains of garbage.
Garbage piles up in landfills, is buried, and is expected to degrade slowly over time. "Decomposition is driven by a vast diversity of organisms that are structured in complex food webs." When this web begins to break down, the garbage stays with us for much longer than we had hoped.
When there is less biodiversity, there are less agents that are able to make the garbage around us disappear. This means that the garbage will pile up at a faster rate and be with us for longer.
What can we do to support the biodiversity of things big and small? After all, it is not just the giraffe and bears that need to be saved. It is the web of life that teaches us how important every piece is. It is not as easy to love micro-organisms as it is to love a cute bear cub, but it is just as important.
We can save the big and small things around us with some of the same simple steps. Two of those steps that each of use can do today are simple: Use less chemicals and recycle.
By reducing toxic chemicals that eventually end up in our water supply and landfills, we are saving the little organic saviors that we do not see. These little creatures are the foundation of our ecosystem. Everything else that we know about life, depends on these little unseen heroes. They might not be cute, but they are certainly beautiful in the way that they sustain life around them.
Encourage others to create less garbage and to reuse and recycle. These actions are so much more important than we can ever state. By recycling and keeping things from going to waste, you are saving an important part of the world. Do not let anyone say that you are not a hero! You are doing your part, and that part is huge!
Together, we can save biodiversity and save the world!