Tell world leaders your biodiversity message

22 May 2010 | News story

Today we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. This special occasion reminds us of the urgency to take action to conserve biodiversity – our life source.

Biodiversity concerns everybody. The actions of every single individual are essential to guarantee that human impact on biodiversity is reduced and that the survival of future generations is ensured.

Write your message for biodiversity! It is simple, just click here and submit your personal card to the IUCN's Countdown 2010 intiaitive. Hundreds of cards will be collected and put together in a large photo mosaic illustrating biodiversity.

The mosaic will be displayed on the Countdown 2010 website and at major events worldwide such as the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in October in Japan where world leaders will define the future of global biodiversity policy and a new biodiversity target.

The Countdown 2010 team will collect cards also at some major events, as well as on the Countdown 2010 website. Come at IUCN stand during the European Commission’s Green Week and add your own biodiversity message!

The International Day for Biological Diversity 2010 focuses on the links between biodiversity, human development and people’s livelihoods. Here are some facts:

  • Three-quarters of the world’s poorest people depend on natural resources for their daily existence.
  • One billion people worldwide depend on drugs derived from forest plants for their medicinal needs.
  • One billion people in developing countries rely on fish as their main source of food, while an estimated 38 million people are employed directly by fishing and many more in the processing stages.
  • 60 percent of key ecosystem services are being degraded or used unsustainably.

Celebrate this day with Countdown 2010! Send your biodiversity card!