Biodiversity - the variety of plants and animals we share the planet with and the places they live – is key to human survival on earth. Biodiversity provides us with all our food and medicines and ensures that we have clean air, clean water and fertile soils.
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and countries across the world are taking action to raise awareness of biodiversity and the importance of protecting it.
Speaking at an International Year of Biodiversity stakeholder event at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, the Environment Minister highlighted the action that people across Wales can take to protect their own local biodiversity.
Environment Minister Jane Davidson said:
“The loss of biodiversity is often seen as a global problem which can make people feel that it is not an issue that directly affects them. This is really not the case. Biodiversity is our life support system. It provides us with clean water, clean air and fertile soils, and enables our ultimate survival.
“It is vital that we take action to protect our biodiversity here in Wales. The Assembly Government is currently refreshing its approach to biodiversity and nature conservation and in the autumn will be consulting on our new Natural Environment Framework. But there are small and tangible things we can all do to make a difference.
“Ahead of the International Day of Biodiversity we are publishing our ‘5 top tips’ for helping to protect Biodiversity. These include things like volunteering for a local conservation group, planting more flowers and vegetables, and picking up litter when we are out and about. I would urge everyone to have a look and think about the small ways in which they can help.
“Today I am also launching an online biodiversity pledge so that organisations and individuals across Wales can show their support for protecting biodiversity. We really want to raise this issue in the public consciousness and get as much online support as possible, so please do have a look and pledge your support.”