April 22 is Earth Day and 2010 is International Year of Biodiversity


Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.

One of the few things I like about my country is its very rich natural resources and I can fairly say that we are lucky creatures indeed. My recent trip to Mindoro, particularly at the Apo Reef Natural Park, has heightened my awareness on how we can safeguard these national treasures from being destroyed, and has inspired me to do my part by starting off at simple ways of doing so. Is it suffice to say I’d soon to have a green thumb? We may never know but in case it happens, I’d be much surprised!

According to Conservation International, the Philippines, the world’s second largest archipelago country next to Indonesia, is identified as one of the world’s biologically richest countries. Our country confines many endemic species, which includes over 6,000 plant species, unique species such as Cebu flowerpecker, the Philippine cockatoo, the Visayan wrinkled hornbill, the Philippine eagle, the panther flying frog among many others.

United Nations on the other, declares 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity and it aims to highlight “the vital role the phenomenon plays in maintaining the life support system on Planet Earth.”

“Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, wealth, food, fuel and the vital services our lives depend on. Human activity is causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at a greatly accelerated rate.

These losses are irreversible, impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on every day. But we can prevent them.”

Today, April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day.  Hopefully, we could create a lifelong, more proactive conviction, such that each of us would truly strive to respect and protect our natural ecosystems.

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