The Deputy Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Ann Norman, invited members of the Big Nature team to the Mayors parlor at Brighton Town Hall on Friday 17th December, to thank them for their hard and dedicated work to raise the profile of biodiversity through out the International Year of Biodiversity. Big Nature Co-ordinator, Dr Dan Danahar also thanked everybody for their tremendous effort but pointed out that now that the UN has designated that next year is the start of the International Decade of Biodiversity, things have just begun...
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Big Nature is a partner of the Natural History Museum's IYB-UK. This is an informal network of organisations that plan to promote understanding of biodiversity during the International Year of Biodiversity.
Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us with health, wealth, food, fuel and vital services our lives depend on. We have the power to protect or destroy nature's rich diversity. Currently our lifestyles are causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at an accelerating rate. These losses are irreversible, impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on. 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity - now is the time to act. Let's pause to reflect on our achievements to safeguard biodiversity and focus on the urgency of our challenge for the future.
Big Nature will be celebrating biodiversity events regularly throughout 2010.
A full time-table of these is being put together and you can watch their development, month by month, by clicking button below.
Watch the UN Secretary General Welcome Message for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity HERE
Click here for the latest information sheet. (1.9MB pdf)
Photos: C. Sutton, D. Danahar
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