To increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22. The CBD has chosen “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity” the theme for 2018 International Biological Diversity.
“The theme was chosen to mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity and to highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels,” United Nations said in a release.
The International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated with an aim to conserve the biodiversity and promote its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of its benefits for sustainable development.
Earlier, December 29, the day when the Convention of Biological Diversity came into force, was adopted as the International Day for Biological Diversity.
However, In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as the International Biological Diversity Day to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Biological Diversity, the variety of plant and animal life in the world, measures variation at the genetic, the species, and the ecosystem level on the Earth.
Biodiversity is significant for natural sustainability for all forms of life on earth as it boosts ecosystem productivity where each species have an important role to play. However, due to the increasing levels of pollution, the earth is losing its greenery, its biodiversity, which is dangerous for the existence of life on the planet.
We all need to make collective efforts to save our animals and plants and preserve the biodiversity of the planet earth because "before we came, the earth was green, the trees were tall, the air was fresh, the soil deep, the water was pure and the birds did sing."
So, on Biological Diversity Day, let's all join hands and pledge that when we left, we left the earth more green.