Nature, in all its diversity, provides our food, secures our water supplies, protects us from hazards, and supports our health. It contributes directly to local livelihoods and global economic development. Moreover, nature provides recreation and inspiration. Yet, despite its fundamental importance for life on this planet, no other feature on Earth is so dramatically influenced by human activities. By changing nature, we strongly affect human wellbeing and the wellbeing of every other living creature.
Taking thoughtful actions to conserve nature starts with learning about nature and valuing it. These classroom-friendly resources equip young people with the knowledge to recognize nature’s vital role.
In the animal kingdom, moving means surviving. Across the globe, they fly, swim, walk, or drift to find food, better climates, or places to breed, and their movements are part of a bigger cycle that affects us all. Get a glimpse of some of these amazing journeys in this IUCN/National Geographic Society collaboration. Length: 1:19 minutes. Source: IUCN.
In the realm of biodiversity conservation, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is far more than a list. Instead, it not informs and promotes action, which is critical to protecting the natural resources needed for survival. By 2020, IUCN hopes to assess 160,000 species or more, making the IUCN Red List a comprehensive “Barometer of Life.” Length: 3:42 minutes. Source: IUCN.
- Biodiversity Hotspots. Source: Conservation International.
- Biodiversity: Life: A Status Report. Source: Nature
- Paper Reveals Conservation Knowledge Is a Bargain. Source: IUCN news story about the paper “Assessing the cost of global biodiversity and conservation knowledge,” published on 17 August 2016 in PLOS ONE.
- Fighting Thailand’s Drought with Biodiversity. Source: Deutsche Welle.