Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, the United Nations have proclaimed this feast to celebrate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity in order to preserve biological diversity of the planet.
This may seem something far from us, but it touches us all. It involves life in every form: the water we drink, the food we eat, the plants we grow and every living being around us. On this day, we want to think about the importance of protecting the extraordinary richness of every species on this earth.
The theme of the 2015 edition is “Biodiversity for a Sustainable Development”, in order to underline the connection between the future of humanity and the variety of life on our planet. Today, in Italy, one-fifth of species are at risk of extinction. In Europe 60% of species and 77% of habitats are not conserved in favorable conditions and we may not reach the general goal of stopping the loss of biodiversity by 2020.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa