September is Biodiversity Month! Every year in the month of September we come together to teach and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and improving the biodiversity of our natural world.
Biodiversity is often referred to as ‘the web of life,’ consisting of all living things and their ecosystems. Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by complex, interconnected ecosystems. From the microorganisms, we can only see under a microscope, to the boundless variations of plant and animal species, and human-life itself – every organism is intrinsically linked by biodiversity. These many complex systems are deeply interconnected and symbiotic and are highly sensitive to changes and fluctuations to the environment.
“Biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people are our common heritage and humanity’s most important life-supporting ‘safety net’. But our safety net is stretched almost to breaking point.” Prof. Sandra Díaz (Argentina)
Explore the Forest of Clouds with EnhanceTV:
For centuries, Sri Lanka and its hidden treasures have seduced travellers from around the globe. One part of the island holds a secret gem: a biodiversity hotspot – even richer and more complex than anywhere else in the world. Explore biodiversity in action with your students today.
Discover the Biodiversity of your immediate environment
DIY Backyard Biodiversity Study:
Junior scientist India demonstrates how to study the biodiversity of your backyard, using a camera, magnifying glass and a piece of string.
Human behaviour and its impacts on biodiversity.
Over time, many of our human activities have taken a significant toll on biodiversity and continue to do so. Human-activities that directly or indirectly impact an ecosystem are called ‘drivers.’ Expanding cities and growing populations have resulted in unprecedented urbanisation, alongside the extensive use of natural resources, and the introduction of non-native species have all significantly impacted our natural world. Biodiversity month is all about understanding how our actions can support and conserve biodiversity.
See for yourself the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity in the Human Sprawl documentary on EnhanceTV.
In Australia, the conflict between cities and biodiversity is intensifying. The Human Sprawl documentary presents experts’ views on how Australia’s remarkable flora and fauna are faring in their struggle against urbanisation and how we can help them to survive.
Biodiversity is measured by the number of species on the planet. A total of 1.75 million species have been identified, however, many more are said to exist. A loss of biodiversity is measured by rates of extinction. The UN’s latest report records an ‘unprecedented’ rate of species extinction with 1,000,000 species threatened. The causes of species extinction come primarily from human activity, such as land clearing, pollution and the extraction of natural resources. These activities all significantly impact the survival and habitation of biological communities.
Learn about Biodiversity with EnhanceTV:
Biodiversity Under Threat
Bangladesh’s Sundarban Mangroves is one of the world’s most bio-diverse areas and home to the endangered Bengal Tiger. Biodiversity Under Threat looks at why the Sundarbans is so important and how the biodiversity of the environment impacts its survival.
Climate change and biodiversity this Biodiversity Month:
One of the greatest threats to biodiversity is climate change. As carbon dioxide levels increase in the atmosphere, changes in land and ocean temperature and sea-level rise. All of these aforementioned changes impact on the habitats and ecosystems of every living species.
Explore the relationship between Climate Change and Biodiversity with EnhanceTV:
The Joussour Project is a compilation of mini-documentaries that explore Mediterranean environmental challenges. Topics include sustainable tourism, renewable energies, biodiversity, water resources, waste recycling, environmental education, biological agriculture and green economy.
Everyday ways we can protect biodiversity this Biodiversity Month:
- If you have a small garden space available at your school or as a homework assignment, task students with creating a DIY terrarium: a natural ecosystem!
- Choose to plant local native species instead of non-native species
Learn more about Australia’s native plants on EnhanceTV.
- Implement sustainable practices in our everyday lives; ie: not picking natives, cleaning up and recycling.
Join the Waste Warriors as they set sustainability challenges and transform their schools sustainably.
- Reduce food wastage
Be environmentally friendly and explore how to reduce food waste with eco-maths!
Across land and sea, biodiverse ecosystems thrive. As we teach and learn about the rich biodiversity that surrounds and sustains us, we discover ways we can all contribute to support and protect the biodiversity of the natural world.
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