Conserving Biodiversity: Value of a Diverse Ecosystem
Biodiversity is, as far as science can tell, one of the most unique aspects of Earth as a planet. While astronomers hope to find Earthlike planets out in the galaxy, as far as Earth’s solar system is concerned, it contains all of the biodiversity orbiting the Sun.
Unfortunately biodiversity is threatened on Earth by the continued dominance of the Human species – at least the industrialized portion of it. The growth of cities and the conversion of every speck of arable land to agricultural uses has shrunk the habitats of so many species that some have either gone extinct or threaten to do so in the near future. Conserving biodiversity has never been so important as in the twenty-first century, when the unpredictability of rapid climate change threatens the biodiversity of entire continents.