Nature and Biodiversity
Nature embodies concepts including biodiversity, ecosystems, Mother Earth, and systems of life. Nature contributes ecosystem goods and services, and gifts including beauty and spiritual refreshment. Both nature and nature’s contributions to people are vital for human existence and for a good quality of life often described as human well-being, living in harmony with nature, or living well in balance and harmony with Mother Earth. Baha'u'llah described the countryside as the world of the soul. While more food, energy and materials than ever before are now being supplied to people in most places, this is increasingly at the expense of nature’s ability to provide such contributions in the future and frequently undermines nature’s many other contributions, which range from water quality regulation to sense of place. The biosphere, upon which humanity as a whole depends, is being altered to an unparalleled degree across all spatial scales. Biodiversity – the diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems – is declining faster than at any time in human history. This is a crisis as serious and threatening as climate change.
Last updated 12 May 2019