Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels, both on land and in the ocean. Organisms have been identified and described scientifically for centuries, yet there is still a large number of species that we don’t have names for, let alone know what they do. Why is the understanding of species important, anyway?
The words and terminology we use to describe the world around us affect how we look at sustainability and conservation. We cannot protect what we do not understand. Thus, these words and this understanding of species empowers our ability to conserve. Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides are key for humankind. Yet, we are having a huge impact on it.
In the ocean, change in sea use and overfishing are the main drivers leading to rapid loss of biodiversity, consequently threatening our own survival. But there is hope – lots of biodiversity is on the edge, but it isn’t gone yet! Action at different levels is already being taken by individuals and collectively all around the world, and we can already see positive effects from actions in the last decades.
Watch the lecture liva at the Fecebook site Hållbarhetsfestivalen Västra Götaland
About Ocean Blues
Ocean Blues links high school students in West Sweden with researchers from the university. The goal of the project is to turn concerns about marine environmental problems into action.