Protecting Our Diverse Planet
Learning to look after our planet as we celebrate Earth Day
Humans have caused the extinction of at least 571 species since 1750. But, we have the opportunity in our lifetimes to make sure the remaining species (including us) can thrive 💚
Because despite all this talk about a Mars colony, terraforming and all these wonderful things, there isn't a planet B – and we need to start healing the earth we have so that we all have a home 🌏
This month’s newsletter is talking biodiversity, in celebration of Earth Day, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. You’ll hear from Camille Goldstone-Henry, the Co-Founder and CEO of Xylo Systems, as we dive into what you need to know about biodiversity and why it matters to all of our futures. Happy reading!
4 things we need to know about investing in biodiversity for our planet's health, by Camille Goldstone-Henry - wildlife scientist, Kamilaroi woman and Co-Founder and CEO of Xylo Systems
Biodiversity loss has significant economic impacts. Roughly $44 trillion in value creation (or half of the world's GDP) is dependent on biodiversity and its services. With species disappearing faster than ever in human history, this presents huge impacts on agricultural productivity, healthcare costs, climate stability and the cost of raw materials.
Re-wilding may be the key to fighting climate change. Animals play a significant role in how much carbon plants, soil and sediments can capture. A recent report found the re-wilding (that is the reintroduction of wildlife into historical ranges) species would help limit global warming to less than the 1.5°C.
Protecting and restoring biodiversity is great for business. Biodiversity conservation can provide new economic benefits, such as creating new markets and revenue streams like ecotourism, sustainable agriculture, green energy and biotechnology.
Collaboration is key to successful biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity conservation is a complex issue that requires collaboration across sectors and stakeholders. Successful conservation and regeneration efforts require partnerships between governments, businesses, technology, NGOs, traditional owners and local communities. Australia's proposed Nature Repair Market is a great example of how we can create more effective solutions to halt the biodiversity crisis, and create thriving global economies.
👉 More about all things biodiversity can be found at Xylo.Systems
Reads & resources
Have a read of The Living Planet report to understand our biodiversity crisis and how we can look after the natural world – from our individual, day-to-day choices to global change, especially in our food, finance and governance systems
Stay up to date about all things biodiversity market news with Biodiversity Pulse Weekly
If you’re working on an initiative that is tackling some of our most pressing environmental and conservation challenges, register your interest in Taronga’s Hatch accelerator program
If you are looking for a way to increase the awareness of the environment at your workplace - consider organising a nature-based experience with NatureBoss
Food for thought
“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.” - Sir David Attenborough, Broadcaster and Environmental Advocate
“People still do not understand that a live fish is more valuable than a dead one, and that destructive fishing techniques are taking a wrecking ball to biodiversity.” - Sylvia Earle, American Marine Biologist
“Animals are, like us, endangered species on an endangered planet, and we are the ones who are endangering them, it, and ourselves. They are innocent sufferers in a hell of our making.” – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Animal Rights Activist
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