“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ― Jane Goodall
It's Up to Us
On Monday, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued a summary of a Global Assessment developed by hundreds of scientists from across the world. The summary identifies the impact human activities have on the biodiversity of our world. In its media release of the summary, IPBES states, "The Report finds that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history."
After reading the Global Assessment summary, I was deeply saddened at the thought of the loss of so many of the earth's diverse species. The summary, while sobering, does offer some hope and a call for immediate action both locally and globally. The San Jose' Public Library has eResources available to help us learn more about our world and how we can make changes to reduce our impact upon it.
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These eResources can help us learn about biodiversity and why it's important to preserve it. SJPL customers also have access to two online databases, Global Issues in Context and Opposing Viewpoints in Context, which provide a variety of articles about the environment and biodiversity.
There are activities and changes we can make in our everyday lives that, when combined with the activities of others across the globe, can make a difference. Explore these eResources to learn some earth friendly practices.
Advocating on behalf of Planet Earth and all its inhabitants can seem overwhelming. These eResources can guide us on how to be good earth advocates.