MANIFEST FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

MANIFEST FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Ljungblåvinge. Foto: Erik Hansson

In 2002, The United Nations initiated the International day for biological diversity to increase awareness about the importance of natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Fifteen years has passed since then, and the scientific community warns us that the sixth mass-extinction is occurring right now. Despite this, the issue rarely gets the attention it needs. We want to change that.

Climate change and biodiversity loss are the critical issues of our time. These are two issues that are closely intertwined, as species-rich ecosystems makes for better resilience against climate change. One example is primeval forests, which store large amounts of carbon, keeping it out of the atmosphere. Another is natural wetlands, which make society less vulnerable to flooding events. These are just two in a long line of examples. At the same time, climate change causes loss of species richness through desertification, coral-bleaching and the warming of arctic environments.

There has never existed as much knowledge about the biodiversity loss issue as it does now. One scientific study after another confirms the importance of biodiversity. For example, we know that living close to species-rich nature has great health benefits.  

It is about time that the scientific conclusions are properly implemented in political decisions as well as in business decisions.

In taking up The Day for Biological Diversity, our goal is to make it a celebration of nature and biodiversity. This to raise the issue in public debate to make sure that the threats are taken seriously. Our dream is for as many people as possible to participate in activities and that the issue is actively discussed each year on May 22. We want for kids and their parents to go outside and look for butterflies, and for politicians to look for solutions towards saving them.

We also want for it to become a day when all environmental and nature movements in Sweden unite under a common banner. On this day, everybody from the largest environmental NGO to the smallest local initiative can unite around the importance of biodiversity in a joint effort. On May 22 in 2017, this was made obvious.

 

The manifest is signed by:

Ahmed Al-Qassam, chairperson for PUSH Sweden

Johan Andersson, chairperson for Fältbiologerna

Magnus Billqvist, chairperson Trollsländeföreningen and coordinator for The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in Skåne

Pia Björstrand, spokesperson for Klimataktion

Yvonne Blombäck, chairperson for Club300, Sweden

Christer Borg, secretary general for Älvräddarna

Hjalmar Croneborg, chairperson for The Swedish Mycological Society

Henrik Ekman, author, nature photographer, show host and speaker on SVT Natur

Martin Emtenäs, TV show host, author and nature profile

Malena Ernman, artist and WWFs environmental hero of the year 2017

Anders Geidemark, nature photographer and author, chairperson for Naturfotograferna and curator at Naturfotografiska

Göran Greider, debater, journalist and author

Erik Hansson, initiator and editor in chief for Natursidan.se

Lo Jarl, executive for Naturarvet

Dennis Kraft, chairperson for BirdLife Sweden

Rebecka Le Moine, initiator, biologist and WWFs environmental hero of the year 2017

Allison Perrigo & Alexandre Antonelli, Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Frode Pleym, director for Greenpeace, Sweden

Gigi Sahlstrand, award-winning professional birdwatcher

Johanna Sandahl, chairperson for The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

Parul Sharma, human rights lawyer and chairperson for Agenda 2030 delegation

Linda Strand, chairperson for The Swedish Entomological Society

Tom Svensson, award-winning nature conservation photographer

Andrea Söderblom-Tay, chairperson for Friends of the Earth, Sweden

Eva Waldemarson, chairperson for The Swedish Botanical Society

David van der Spoel, spokesperson for Protect the Forest, Sweden

Didrik Vanhoenacker, biologist at Museum of natural history, Stockholm

Staffan Widstrand, Founder of The Swedish Ecotourism Society, Wild Wonders of Europe, Wild Wonders of China and Rewilding Europe.

Håkan Wirtén, Secretary General, WWF Sweden

 

Biologiska mångfaldens dag-loggor och pressbilder

Biologiska mångfaldens dag-loggor och pressbilder

Du får hemskt gärna hjälpa till att sprida information om Biologiska mångfaldens dag 22 maj. Gör det gärna genom att tipsa om vår webbplats, www.BioMfDag.se eller vår Facebook-sida. 

PRESSBILDER (fria att använda i samband med artiklar om Biologiska mångfaldens dag, om fotograf anges)

Majviva. Foto: Erik Hansson

 

Gråhäger. Foto: Erik Hansson

 

Tordyvel. Foto: Erik Hansson

 

Rebecka Le Moine. Foto: Göran Billeson

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