Birds and Thousands of Other Species At Stake
Nature is essential for human existence. Still, Human actions are now threatening more species with extinction at a global level than ever before. The massive loss of biodiversity is causing a severe threat to climate change and humankind (ourselves).
We are living entirely on Mother Earth, who provides us with soil to farm, air to breathe, water to drink, and food to eat. Without her, we would never come to existence. Yet, we, the ones who most depend on her, are bringing her to extinction. Imagine a world in which we no longer can enjoy the beautiful colors of birds and the voices of their songs.
A study in biodiversity loss has shown a dramatic decline in bird species in the United States and Canada. To be precise, "a net loss of 2.9 billion breeding birds across the continental avifauna since 1970", "including once-common species and from most biomes." - one in every four birds has disappeared from our planet!*
This study is from North America. Other investigations in Europe show similar terrible results. From our very own observations in South East Asia, Europe, and the USA, we can confirm that this is happening at a dramatic scale. Our children will no longer be able to see the wonders of nature and wildlife as we did.
It is scientifically identified that the biggest driver of the decline of bird species is habitat loss and the use of chemicals (insecticides, herbicides and others). Bird populations are no longer able to find sufficient living spaces as they used to. In other words, the ability to support birds is fading away along with current ways of doing business, agriculture, and modern lifestyle.
The decline of species and degradation of the ecosystem are posing a massive threat to us. In the last decade, the observation of loss of bird species has raised a wakeup call. There is an urgent need to take action to make a change, not only for birds but for the entire ecosystem that we inhabit.
We need to learn how to crawl before we learn how to walk. The same principle is applied here. Doing small things first, and step by step, we can make a tremendous change.
See some photos of the results following our initiative to restore an industrial and agricultural plot of land to restore biodiversity. Pictures of wild grass, bush, and flowers left to grow freely, allowing for grassland birds, ground-nesting birds, singing birds to settle.
*) "Decline of the North American Avifauna" by Kenneth V. Rosenberg, Adriaan M. Dokter, Peter J. Blancher, John R. Sauer, Adam C. Smith, Paul A. Smith, Jessica C. Stanton, Arvind Panjabi, Laura Helft, Michael Parr, Peter P. Marra,†