Conservation: Human health and happiness depend on biodiversity<br />By BrijaeChavarria<br />
The Big Deal<br />Annually, thousands of species are becoming extinct due to environmental threats such as pollution, over...
Where is all the biodiversity?<br />We have raised the rate of extinction to one thousand times its normal speed <br />At ...
Exponential growth and human population control<br />Our rising rate of over-utilizing Earth’s biodiversity and growing po...
Forests<br />A meager 1/5 of the Earth’s original forest life still remains<br /> 50-90% of our earthly species dwell in f...
Aquatic organisms<br />Overfishing and other harmful aquatic activities of humans has put a lot of the world’s fish popula...
Saving Biodiversity in Virginia<br />Donate, volunteer, or intern at the New River Land Trust, based in Blacksburg, Va., o...
Bibliography<br />&quot;Introduction.&quot; Welcome to The Field Museum. Ed. Allyson Meyer. Web. 23 Sept. 2009. &lt;http:/...
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  1. 1. Conservation: Human health and happiness depend on biodiversity<br />By BrijaeChavarria<br />
  2. 2. The Big Deal<br />Annually, thousands of species are becoming extinct due to environmental threats such as pollution, over-harvesting, habitat degradation, and humans!<br />We’re hurting ourselves!<br />Biodiversity is essential to our daily activities, giving us health and nutrients that are used in the foods, medicines, and other vital products we use everyday<br />
  3. 3. Where is all the biodiversity?<br />We have raised the rate of extinction to one thousand times its normal speed <br />At this rate, we will eventually reach the greatest wave of extinction since dinosaurs!<br /> About 2/3 of all bird species are in decline worldwide<br />About 1/8 of all plant species are endangered or threatened, <br />About ¼ of all of mammals are endangered or on their way <br />About ¼ of amphibians are endangered or on their way<br />About 1/5 of reptiles are endangered or on their way<br />
  4. 4. Exponential growth and human population control<br />Our rising rate of over-utilizing Earth’s biodiversity and growing population have contributed to the extinction and vulnerability of too much of the Earth’s biodiversity<br />
  5. 5. Forests<br />A meager 1/5 of the Earth’s original forest life still remains<br /> 50-90% of our earthly species dwell in forest <br />Forests provide our ecosystem with carbon storage, flood prevention, and a habitat to numerous species and diverse cultures. <br />
  6. 6. Aquatic organisms<br />Overfishing and other harmful aquatic activities of humans has put a lot of the world’s fish population in danger, as well as many other marine species and related ecosystems.<br />Almost two-thirds of the world’s ocean fisheries are over-fished<br />Over one billion people, mostly in 3rd world countries, rely on fish as their main source of animal protein<br />
  7. 7. Saving Biodiversity in Virginia<br />Donate, volunteer, or intern at the New River Land Trust, based in Blacksburg, Va., or The Land Trust, located in the westernmost mountains of Virginia<br />These two private organizations help landowners learn how their land can be conserved and help them with the process<br />For more info visit http://www.appvoices.org/index.php?/site/voice_stories/protecting_a_global_hotspot_of_biodiversity_in_virginia/issue/28<br />
  8. 8. Bibliography<br />&quot;Introduction.&quot; Welcome to The Field Museum. Ed. Allyson Meyer. Web. 23 Sept. 2009. &lt;http://www.fieldmuseum.org/biodiversity/credits.html&gt;.<br />&quot;Biodiversity Explanation & Importance.&quot; The Center for International Environmental Law. Web. 23 Sept. 2009. &lt;http://www.ciel.org/Biodiversity/WhatIsBiodiversity.html&gt;.<br />

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