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Why is biodiversity so important, anyway?

People have an innate appreciation for some parts of biodiversity, as we see in the strong research surrounding biophilia. But as we learn more about the interaction between the living and the inert, we realize that everything in biodiversity, including bugs and germs we can’t see or may not find attractive, are quite crucial. Humans in particular, rely on biodiversity in a variety of ways, making preservation a crucial endeavor as we fall deeper into a climate changed world.

We simply cannot have the healthy ecosystems that we depend on to give us the air we breathe and the food we consume without a diverse variety of animals, plants, and microorganisms. From the wild bees who provide the pollination that even our most industrialized agriculture systems require to flourish, to the rainfall that is naturally slowed down by trees, bushes, wetlands, and untamed grasslands, or coastal areas that are naturally protected from waves and storms by coral reefs and mangrove forests – life as we know requires a deeply intertwined symbiosis.

Cities with more greenery and trees have been demonstrated to have lower hospital admission rates, less stress, and lower blood pressure amongst many measurable social benefits. Not to mention how much we’ve learned about ourselves through studying animals and plants that we wouldn’t know without them, much of our technology and sophisticated chemicals utilizes on a daily basis like latex, rubber, and many of our medicines are derived from plants.

Continued decimation of biodiversity will result in known consequences like more flooding. But also, unknown consequences. Without the carbon dioxide absorption provided by a critical mass of trees and other plants and who purify pollutants from the air we breathe, what will the world of tomorrow feel and look like? Contact us today to see how your redesigning you outdoor space as a native pollinator garden can play a critical role in the fight for biodiversity in out most endangered urban habitats.


Date: Nov 9, 2022
AUTHOR: tbaumdesign
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