March 18, 2012
Loss of biodiversity is occurring at the fastest rate since time began, and nearly all of this loss is due to human interaction with the environment. Whilst many may exclaim that it is sad to see some of our favourite species go, there are a number of deeper reasons to be concerned by this loss. One of these is that human well-being is inextricably linked to biodiversity, particularly as we rely on a number of different plant and animal species for ecosystem services including food provisions, social services, security and health. A loss in biodiversity can often lead to some areas being plunged into poverty, and may impact the future availability of plant and animal products for medicines, clothing and development. Humans are also particularly sensitive to their environment, meaning that a loss of natural environments may lead to negative psycho-social effects.