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Biodiversity Day 2021 - Community messages

Organizations and individuals are invited to send in messages.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is soliciting short videos and written messages from all regions of the world with the notion in mind that “We’re part of the solution” and we want to know what this means to you.

On this page, you will see short messages from individuals and organizations in support of biodiversity. You can submit your own!

Individuals and organizations are invited to post their messages on their own social media platforms with the hashtags #BiodiversityDay and #ForNature (multilingual hashtags). Please share these messages with us (you may tag us @UNBiodiversity). Due to the volume of messages received, we may not be able to share all messages, we apologize in advance.

You may (also) fill this form. The messages in the form will be posted here periodically.

 

India, Leh, The UT of Ladakh Landscape of cold arid mountain ecosystem being an unusually diverse represented by an aggregated varied range of small species reflected with centers of endemism is our place of works and worship for the people and environment closely embodied with the philosophy of Biodiversity Day-2021 too i.e; “We are part of the solution”.   --Dipankar Saha Agriculture Research Service Scientist & Head: Regional Research Station, ICAR-CAZRI, Leh, The UT of Ladakh, India
Afghanistan, Kabul Living on the earth started with biodiversity and must be continued the same way, humans are to take care of the environment in a way convenient to all living creatures.   --Afghanistan National Horticulture Development Organization (ANHDO)
India, New Delhi Biodiversity is so much important that human beings can find solutions to their almost all the problems in their surrounding.   --Aarush Mukesh Badgujar, Student of Birla Vidya Niketan, New Delhi
Afghanistan, Kabul Living on the earth started with biodiversity and must be continued the same way, humans are to take care of the environment in a way convenient to all living creatures.   --Afghanistan National Horticulture Development Organization (ANHDO)
India, Leh, The UT of Ladakh Landscape of cold arid mountain ecosystem being an unusually diverse represented by an aggregated varied range of small species reflected with centers of endemism is our place of works and worship for the people and environment closely embodied with the philosophy of Biodiversity Day-2021 too i.e; “We are part of the solution”. --Dipankar Saha, Agriculture Research Service Scientist & Head: Regional Research Station, ICAR-CAZRI  
Cameroon, Yaoundé We are part of nature. Irène MATHO, Yaounde, de Solidarité pour l'Environnement, le Développement Durable et l'Eau (SEDDE), non-profit organization Linkedin >
Turkey, Istanbul We have to keep in mind that biodiversity is positioned closely interlinked with food and water security, climate change, human health, and economic and social development. Biodiversity is the key source of the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems. --Miné Izmirili, Istanbul, Senior Manager- Deloitte Turkey- Sustainability Services Linkedin >
India, Patna Nature is the source of inspiration ,source of energy and our life.We have to protect its nature,beauty,harmony and balance. --Dr.Kumari Nimisha,Patna
France Découvrez nos solutions pour protéger la biodiversité ! Comité français de l'UICN, France. Website > Facebook > Instagram > Youtube >
Nigeria, Gombe State We are part of the solution #forNature. Biodiversity is a large and all-inclusive concept that entails not only the preservation of ecosystem but maintaining the balance and proportion of every living organism within the planet. The responsibility for preservation (maintaining of balance) of this system are directly and indirectly placed on humans. This is due to the daily decisions and activities of man ranging from such things as waste generation to emission of greenhouse gasses which consequently result into climate crisis. Scientists around the world have warned that such human actions could lead to an inhabitable planet for later generation. The fact that climate changes at irregular pattern, and occurrences of some strange natural disasters further validate this assertion and fear. Although some of these goals center majorly on policymakers however, many of them require our individual commitment and actions towards the course. Every one of us has a role to play in maintaining world biodiversity and preserving our ecosystem. The following are some of the action that can be taken by individuals, organizations, policymakers etc. in order to ensure biodiversity and prevent planet degradation: 1. Reduce the amount waste generation by putting into use some re-usable materials and recycling others. 2. Avoid the use of non-biodegradable materials such as polythene sheets and plastic waste in general. 3. People should be enlightened time to time on the need for biodiversity and preservation of ecosystem through advocacies. --Sadiq Zubairu, Gombe. SDGs Advocacy group (NYSC CDS) Gombe State. Twitter >
Netherlands, Amsterdam We as financial institutions recognize that the Earth’s biosphere is the foundation of human resilience and progress and that it is under increasing stress. We are calling for and commit to take ambitious action on biodiversity. --Finance for Biodiversity signatories Youtube >  
India, New Delhi Beware!! Once species become extinct, particularly those unknown to science, there’s no going back. Making sustainable choices and responsible consumption addresses the environmental footprint. So, friends let us pledge on this world biodiversity day to give nature the space and protection, it needs because we are part of the solution. --Dr. Arvind Kumar/President/ India Water Foundation/ New Delhi Facebook >
India, Dausa , Rajasthan Being an important part of this nature, it is the responsibility of mankind to use natural resources in a sustainable manner so that we can provide a beautiful and safe tomorrow for the coming generation while fulfilling the current needs. To protect our biodiversity, let us all take an oath today on World Biodiversity Day that we use sustainable natural resources so that generations to come can enjoy this incredible heritage.  
Italia, Enna Cól progetto “ConserviAMO la biodiversità” l’Università “Kore” di Enna (www.unikore.it) incontra le scuole per contribuire a costruire una nuova cultura della biodiversità, una ricchezza che tutti abbiamo la responsabilità di mantenere per le generazioni future! Celebreremo la Giornata Internazionale della Biodiversità nel giardino della scuola “F.P. Neglia - N. Savarese”: grideremo il nostro motto “Salvaguardiamo la BIODIVERSITÀ, fondamentale per l’Umanità”; adotteremo e metteremo a dimora un albero; realizzeremo un exhibit dei risultati delle attività svolte durante il percorso didattico annuale. --Rosa Termine, Enna, Università "Kore" di Enna Website >
Norway, Arendal Blue forests such as kelp forests, seagrass meadows, salt marshes and mangrove forests are amongst the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. Yet across the globe, blue forests are declining at an alarming scale and pace. If we want a healthy ocean, we must protect and restore these habitats! --Cecilie Wathne, Arendal, Norwegian Blue Forests Network Twitter >
Kenya, Nairobi When I was growing up in my village rivers used to thrive with lots of creatures in crystal clear water.The forests thri věd with wild animal.over the years we have tried to restore the biodiversity with minimum resources or none at all.But with everyone on board we will restore hundred percent. --Njugi Muikamba, Nairobi Facebook > Video > 
Nigeria, Abuja Biodiversity caters, renew, refresh while we also dwell in it. we should also nurture and preserve for self-sufficiency. -- Josephine Osagie
India, Warangal Biodiversity is the most precious resource on the planet earth but least bother about its health. Save Nature-Save Lives-Save Planet --Dr Sateesh Suthari, Assistant Professor, Warangal, Telangana
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam Stop Pollution and Protect Biodiversity for Better Human Health Pollution and other caused like poor water quality, chemical and waste contamination, climate change, and many other causes of ecosystem degradation all contribute to biodiversity loss and, can pose considerable threats to human health. --Muddy Kimwery, Nipe Fagio, Campaign & Communications Coordinator Linkedin >
Argentina, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires We are part of Biodiversity and, as such, we must do our best to preserve, promote and protect it. Together, we can make of the Earth a better place for all beings inhabiting this planet. Somos parte de la Biodiversidad y como tal, debemos dar lo mejor de nosotros para protegerla, mejorarla y preservarla. Entre todos, podemos hacer de la Tierra un lugar mejor para todos los seres vivos q habitan el planeta. -- Romina, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Associate Degree in Administration, Conservation and Management in Biodiversity, University CAECE, student.
China, Kaohsiung Education is a basic way to promote biological conservation. We should let our next generation know how and why biodiversity are important. Our final goals are achieve sustainability and make balance of nature and human society. --Johnson
USA, New York For Biodiversity Day here is The Jockey Museum of Climate Change Hong Kong Interview & CBD COP15 Art Shows celebrating Biodiversity Day --Selva Ozelli
Turkey, Istanbul Here is my Sea Watcher 2- Maskuary Art Show celebrating Biodiversity Day. --Semine Hazar
Turkey, Istanbul Here is my Art Show Spring Admist Mist and Masks celebrating Biodiversity Day. --Ihan Sayin
Turkey, Istanbul Here is my art show Maskuary - Guarding Nature celebrating Biodiversity Day. --Fatma Kadir
USA, New York A sustainable green recovery plan from the pandemic, necessitates understanding the links between climate change, health, and biodiversity; and implementing ambitious climate change policies, which align with the Paris agreement." Art in the Time of Corona 3 and  Art in the Time of Corona 4 - Recovery Roses --Selva Ozelli
USA, New York A sustainable green recovery plan from the pandemic, necessitates understanding the links between climate change, health, and biodiversity; and implementing ambitious climate change policies, which align with the Paris agreement. Breathe Life --Selva Ozelli
Turkey, Istanbul Birds are important plant pollinators and seed dispersers. Bird Watcher Digital Art Show celebrating Biodiversity Day. --Fatma Kadir
Turkey, Istanbul Birds are important plant pollinators and seed dispersers. Bird Watcher 2 Digital Art Show celebrating Biodiversity Day. --Fatma Kadir:
Turkey, Istanbul Digital Art Show Sea Watcher wants to draw attention to the importance of oceans to our world, our ecology and the need for us to guard them. --Semine Hazar
Turkey, Istanbul Biodiversity is low in hot desert ecosystems. There are far fewer species supported by the extreme climate compared to other biomes. This is due to the high temperatures, low rainfall and a lack of available water. Digital Art Show Flowers of the Desert warns against desertification. --Ilhan Sayin
India, Uchudiha, Dantan, Paschim Medinipur We are the best creation of nature; we can use natural resources sustainably, We protect our nature by saving our biodiversity. --Madhusmita Nanda. M.Sc student.R.N.L. Khan Womens College, Midnapur. West Bengal
India, Midnapur Biodiversity is our future; biodiversity is our dream. Save biodiversity: save our earth. --Rajnagar Welfare Society, Uchudiha, Dantan, Paschim Medinipur, 721451
India, Dantan, Paschim Medinipur Save endangered species of biodiversity. Sustainable use of bioresource. Conservation of endangered species. --Debajyoti Nanda (Biodiversity Lover), Uchudiha, 721451 West Bengal
Norway, Bergen Nature photography has developed into a real hobby for me in these times of a global pandemic. Nature gives us hope, space, a home, and a sense of being a part of something bigger than ourselves. While going for walks in nature, I am reminded of the importance of biodiversity. When there is life in the undergrowth, many species thrive. There is much to point my lens at in wonder. Where there are only tightly-packed pine trees, there is a dry forest floor without life and much less to get lost in with my camera. --Eleanor Smith “Into the forest – Trees & plants” (photo album) My article: Creativity to cope with crisis – For me, nature and art
USA, North Carolina, Coleridge We have identified on early 500 species of plants, mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fungi at Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm. Biodiversity is a broad measure of a healthy ecosystem, we have sown over 40 varieties of wildflowers and planted 69, mainly native, varieties of shrubs and trees to give animals food, shelter and breeding habitat. --Mike Hansen, Regenerative Farmer https://www.ozarkakerz.com/
India, Madhya Pradesh This Earth gives us food, water and air which is essential for life but in return man has put a question mark on nature itself. This is the time to develop by harmonizing with nature. --Pariharsid
India, Madhya Pradesh We all depend on this nature for our lives, so it is our duty to protect it. --Hina Singh
Kenya, Mombasa We humans owe a great deal to Mother Nature, clean and free air, clean water, clean landscapes and long life courtesy of embracing and protecting biodiversity. --Patrick Kamotho, Director, East Africa Climate Change Network
UK, Scotland, Edinburgh Keeping Rights of Nature in the Convention on Biological Diversity will make the Convention stronger in order to bend the curve of the loss of biodiversity and for a future in Harmony with Nature. --Tracy Noden
Switzerland, Zug Keeping Rights of Nature in the CBD will make the convention stronger in order to bend the curve of the loss of biodiversity and for a future in Harmony with Nature.” --Doris Ragettli, RightsofMotherEarth.com
UK, London The mining and metals industry must be part of the solution to biodiversity decline. --Hafren Williams, London, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry (video)
Mexico The message is clear: our solution is nature-based, we need to understand and care for our only home. To achieve this, it is necessary to understand the concept of shared responsibility, that is, to conserve biodiversity through a collective effort that involves all of humanity's protection. --Sayda Rodríguez Gómez, Secretary of Sustainable Development, Government of Yucatan, Mexico, on behalf of Mauricio Vila Dosal, Governor of Yucatan, in his capacity as a member of ICLEI's Global Executive Committee (video)
UK, Derby The Earth's biodiversity includes humans, so it should be our personal duty to engage in sustainability initiatives for its enrichment. The interaction between the various species on the Earth provides clean air, water, food and habitable climate conditions; therefore, biodiversity is the heart of human existence and without its every beat, humans would cease to exist. For life on earth to continue we need to accept that biodiversity is everybody's business! --Marlene Segre (Derby), Principal Environmental Consultant at AECOM, Instagram >
Ecuador, Quito Rights of Nature in the Convention on Biological Diversity will help achieve transformation of society, bend the curve of biodiversity loss and give the Convention the necessary strength to realize the mission/goal of a future in Harmony with Nature. --Hana Begovic, Earth Advocacy Youth
Morocco, Bengurer Biodiversity is the future of humanity. --Mohamed Boullouz
India, Tiruvannamalai Biodiversity conservation is not for nation role, it is for every individual role. --D. Arulkumar, B.Sc (Forestry).,Forest Range Officer, Tamil Nadu Forest Department.
Indonesia, Yogyakarta Everybody have to set themselves in the Framework of Global #BiodiversityDay in order to keep the true meaning of proper eco-system for all --Dr. Cahyana Purnama, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacan
India, Jharsuguda Nature is gift of God. But today industrials is cause of biodiversity not properly do. We have to more alerts but couldn't least and last. We best do with humanity. --Suraj Mahanand
Morocco, Rabat If nature is our home biodiversity is its pillars, we need all the components if not it will collapse. --Marouane Hansali
India, Hisar Biodiversity is an integral and inevitable component of balance of nature, despoliation of it is surely going to have serious, long-term and irreversible implications on the survival of mankind and all the life on Earth. --Puneet, Research Scholar, CCSHAU
Ireland, Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Kilkenny The Bealtaine Living Earth Biodiversity festival May 15-23 celebrates biodiversity and sustainability and features events from all across the South East of Ireland. The Festival derives its name from the ancient Celtic festival of Bealtaine when our ancient ancestors were by great necessity bound to the seasons and moods of the Earth and in May celebrated the rebirth of life. This festival introduces people to the wonders of our planet at the start of the summer so they can continue to enjoy and explore throughout the summer. Running for 17 years by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technologys STEM engagement centre, the festival brings together approx 30 groups working together to engage communities in activities promoting biodiversity and sustainability. --Calmast, www.livingearth.ie
Malaysia, Semeling Biodiversity is essential for global health and sustainability. We must bear in mind that rich biodiversity is the key to avoid future pandemics. Hence, no matter what it takes, we must foster biodiversity for a better future for ourselves and our future generations. --Subhash J Bhore, Malaysia, An International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) certified professional in Biorisk Management and Biosecurity (LinkedIn)
Costa Rica, Sarapiquí Life on Earth is one, all living beings are part of us, all of they are somehow connected to us. Respecting and caring for biodiversity is respecting and caring for our life and that of our generations. We need less selfishness and more respect for all living beings, and for the resources they need to live. --Mariela García Sánchez. Sarapiquí (Heredia, Costa Rica). Bióloga y educadora ambiental en Sarapiquí, Costa Rica. Reserva Biológica Tirimbina. www.reservatirimbina.org
Australia, Perth We are working to plant one trillion trees to promote biodiversity in our world. --Trillion Trees, Hazelmere
Malaysia, Johor Positive actions to support biodiversity. We're part of the solution! Everyone of us plays a vital role to protect biodiversity. We can be the responsible customer eating at a restaurant who taking only what we need and not more, we can also be ethical food producer who can do amazing things to reduce environmental footprint, save water consumption, cut down waste to landfill and start valuing the standing forest instead of cleared forest. In essence, we have to adopt an attitude of shared responsibility and it is our engagement that will shape the future of the world in which we live. REMEMBER, WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION. --Eileen Koh Sou Wei, Johor, Malaysia, Tyson APAC Sustainability Manager (video)
South Africa, Hoedspruit Without Biodiversity, there is no future for Humanity. Protection of our planet's biodiversity starts with us. We ARE part of the solution --Sergeant Belinda Mzimba, The Black Mambas, World's First All-Women Anti-Poaching Unit
South Africa, Hoedspruit When we finally admit that we, humans, have become part of the problem, we become part of the solution too. Environmental Education really helps protect biodiversity for future generations. --Monicca Pilusa, Environmental Monitor at The Bush Babies Environmental Education Program
South Africa, Hoedspruit As The Bush Babies Environmental Monitors, we do take part in our biodiversity conservation by going to our own communities, identifying Environmental problems and coming up with solutions on how to tackle them --Macdonald Shai, Environmental Monitor at The Bush Babies Environmental Education Program, Facebook >
South Africa, Hoedspruit This year, on the 22nd of May we are celebrating the International Biodiversity Day. While we all know the reasons we need to protect biodiversity on our planet, are we fully aware of who are the major role players in this process? The answer is you and us. Volunteers play an important role in the preservation of biodiversity! It is with your help we can monitor ecosystems, save animals in distress, maintain the health of indigenous vegetation, and keep our protected areas looked after. All of you can make a tremendous difference for biodiversity today because we know - you care, just like us. All of us are part of the solution. --Valeria van der Westhuizen, Media Liaison, Transfrontier Africa
India, Ambarnath, Thane, Maharashtra Biodiversity is the key for everyone to survive on Earth and hence we should conserve the biodiversity for our future. --Abhishek R Bhosale, Accenture - Working Professional, UNMGCY SDG7 Constituency Member and Evalyouthindia Member. (Video)
USA, Boulder Maintaining the the Rights of Nature as an enabling condition within the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity frameworks will help bend the curve of biodiversity loss and give the treaty the necessary strength to realize its mission of Living in Harmony with Nature by 2050. --Grant Wilson, Earth Law Center
Canada, Pender Island All human rights ultimately depend on healthy ecosystems and biodiversity. States should support placing human rights at the center of the post- 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, as the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has urged. --Dr David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, @SREnvironment
USA, Monterey By supporting the Rights of Nature, we support biodiversity to the benefit of all living creatures. --Alexis, Monterey, Co-Director Bioneers Indigeneity Program
Brasil, São Paulo Biodiversity is the way to live in harmony with Nature, respecting the Rights of Nature! --Vanessa Hasson, founder of NGO MAPAS and member of Harmony with Nature Program - ONU https://www.facebook.com/vanessa.hassonhttps://www.facebook.com/direitosdanatureza
United Kingdom, Cambridge Human-wildlife conflict is a global conservation challenge, but at the same time also an opportunity for biodiversity and communities. Global efforts are needed for local solutions, which can be achieved through collaborative processes that address biodiversity as well as social, cultural and economic aspects.  --IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force Facebook > Twitter >
Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw Nature is our common wealth, keep the nature rights should be as human rights. --Min San Thein
Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek Maintaining the Rights of Nature as an enabling condition within the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity frameworks will help bend the curve of biodiversity loss and give the treaty the necessary strength to realize its mission of Living in Harmony with Nature by 2050. Biodiversity is Life. Biodiversity is our Life. --Jyldyz Duishenova Facebook >
Sweden, Nyköping Biodiversity is a "keystone" in creating the thriving ecosystems that humanity and all other life on this planet depends upon. Acknowledging this is allows us to participate in this process with awareness.  --Peter Tallberg, Landscape architect at Tallbergström Design
Sweden, Stockholm Rights of Nature in the CBD will help achieve transformation of society, bend the curve of biodiversity loss and give the convention the necessary strength to realize the mission/goal of a future in Harmony with Nature. --Pella Thiel Instagram > Twitter >
Germany, Friedrichstadt We are Nature - part of the interdependent web of life, based on Biodiversity. When Biodiversity thrives, we thrive. When Biodiversity dies, we die. We are facing an existential emergency of our own making and we have little time. That is why we need to urge a new ecological law which is based on the rights of nature.  The next Convention should therefore urge the rights of nature in all Nations signing the next Convention.  --Initiative Rechte der Natur Hamburg
Benin, Lokossa Maintaining the Rights of Nature as an enabling condition within the CBD post-2020 frameworks will help bend the curve of biodiversity loss and give the treaty the necessary strength to realize its mission of Living in Harmony with Nature by 2050. --A. Mafongade
USA, California, Mendocino Mother Nature's laws are the well-spring for all human law, because it is our honouring of Nature's laws that make it possible for us, as human beings to survive and thrive. --Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator of the Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group
Senegal, Dakar Maintaining the Rights of Nature as an enabling condition within the CBD post-2020 frameworks will help bend the curve of biodiversity loss and give the treaty the necessary strength to realize its mission of Living in Harmony with Nature by 2050. --Amine Kanel
Italy, Rome At the water's surface, where for many their imagination ends, is where for us divers the underwater biodiversity begins. It is important to protect these unique habitats in rivers, lakes and oceans and we take our responsibility for the underwater world seriously. --Ralph O. Schill, Scientist & President of the CMAS Scientific Committee
Burundi, Bujumbura En sauvegardant la biodiversité , nous sauvons notre vie et celle des générations futures. Donc ,nous sommes la solution pour nous et pour nos générations futures. --Longin, Ndayikeza, Office Burundais pour la Protection de la Nature (OBPE)
Brazil, Porto Alegre We are part of the solution because we are biodiversity, and that makes it a very powerful tool for social transformation. Biodiversity is our greatest asset! --Mariana Giozza
USA, Eugene, Oregon Human wellbeing is dependent on thriving biodiversity, which in turn relies on healthy functioning ecosystems. To prevent further biodiversity loss and the possibility of mass extinction, we must protect ecosystems by recognizing them as subjects with rights, rather than mere objects to be exploited. --C. M. Kauffman
Brazil, São Paulo Earth recovering and mankind recovering are complementary aspects and should be dealt with simultaneously in space and time for their mutual support. Problems should be viewed through an ecosystem lens, thus altering the ways to address them. The issue goes beyond mere survival, but encompasses the conservation and development of the qualities that, throughout the history, has defined us as human beings, such as compassion, creativeness, ethical and esthetical values. --André Francisco Pilon, University of São Paulo, International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology Ref.: PILON, A. F., The Two Faces Coin: Biological Diversity and Nature and Mankind Redemption, Researchgate, 2021
India, Thrissur Diversity is beautiful. Biodiversity is a beautiful life! Asher, Thrissur, Evangelical Social Action Forum Society
Serbia, Novi Sad Creating a New Culture for Biodiversity in our cities!  --Danica Laćarac, Architect & Project Manager of the National Green Roof Association On this particular day, 22 May, we are organising a green roof tour for our citizens. Also, during the whole summer the project BiodiverCities takes place in our city as well as in 9 other EU cities: BiodiverCities (video)
India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand The natural heritage sites protected under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention provide extraordinary experiences of biodiversity, best expressed in terrains where nature flourishes unrestrained. Seekers of novelty and wonder will find more than their fair share in biodiversity’s kaleidoscope, as it is no mere list but a living, breathing piece of natural art. Partnering with the world in conserving our common natural heritage, WII-C2C will continue to draw attention to the magic of nature’s riches at their best for they are our own and provide ultimate solutions for a sustainable world with us as central. --Wildlife Institute of India - Category 2 Centre (WII-C2C) for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Region, under the auspices of UNESCO