Cultural Diversity and International Biological Diversity Days

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 11.19.43 AMCultural Diversity and International Biological Diversity Days (Week #19)

In the coming weeks we have two important diversity days:

World Day for Cultural Diversity is May 21, 2015 and International Biological Diversity Day is May 22, 2015.

We all know that human activities are directly responsible for climate change, the impoverishment of many cultural and natural communities, the extinction of biological species, and the reduction in ecosystem services.

It seems to me that if more folks understood that diversity and inclusion ensure a more sustainable world, the dial would reach the “Tipping Point” much faster.

“Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity – the variety of life on earth. Biodiversity is essential for sustainable development and human well-being. The examples are plenty.

  • Biodiversity is a vital asset in global and local economies
  • Food production depends on biodiversity and the services provided by ecosystems
  • Clean and secure supplies of water also depend on biodiversity
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning provide goods and services essential for human health – including nutrients, clean air and water and regulation of pests and vector-based diseases
  • Biodiversity is the basis for sustainable livelihoods
  • Traditional knowledge associated with biodiversity is also important and has value not only to those who depend on it in their daily lives but to modern industry and agriculture as well
  • Biodiversity is the cornerstone of the work, belief systems and basic survival of many women
  • Biodiversity plays a major role in mitigating climate change by contributing to long-term sequestration of carbon in a number of biomes
  • Even the built environments of our cities are linked to and affected by biodiversity” from


This year’s theme for the former is inclusion and sustainable development for the latter. Let’s connect the dots.

In our neck of the woods, the Parker and Ipswich Rivers, have worked decades to promote the conservation of our watersheds and natural resources through education and consistent legal due diligence.

Let’s restore biodiversity genetically, culturally and horticulturally. The Ethnosphere and the Biosphere are losing cultures, seeds and species daily. Lets reverse the trends and practice terranthrophy; become biodiversity warriors and activists!

The WHAT:

Become your own diversity warrior or biological diversity activist. Reduce the emissions, pollution, and destruction of our marine world. This week, observe, support or engage your fellow humans in a conversation about the importance of restoring biological diversity.

The HOW:

  1. Support your local watershed or river refuge.
    1. Become an Ipswich River Watershed Association member and take a free canoe trip down the river (IRWA)
    2. Obtain an annual pass to visit the over 300 species on Plum Island, (PRNWRbrochure)
    3. Find your local watershed here.
  2. Volunteer to co-found or head a diversity/inclusion (Yes, we are part of biological diversity) initiative at your workplace, industry focus group, and professional organization or trade council.  See Notes: below.
  3. Show up at a local or national event to focus on a biodiversity issue
  4. Start a biodiversity garden.
  5. Volunteer to engage in a biological diversity initiative at your child’s school, your university or other academic institution.

Note:

As Co-Founder of the Women’s Initiative of our local Technology Council, I am passionately involved engaging the corporate executive world in the New England corridor to understand how diversity and inclusivity are essential to becoming a sustainable organization.

I am also a Parker River Refuge Pass Holder, involved with IRWA and a Crane’s Beach Sticker owner.

The Deep Dive:

History of International Biological Diversity Day

Center for Biological Diversity

Local action for Biodiversity

Cary Fowler’s Excellent TED talk on protecting the Future of Food Biodiversity

Wade Davis’ TED talk on Endangered Cultures

You tube video on Biological diversity and conservation (for the kids)

Global Ocean Biodiversity Events for 2015

Diversity Management: Measuring ROI

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