We are lucky to be alive to be able to experience the miracle of life, with its limitless and impressive variety of colours, shapes, sounds, tastes, touches, ideas for life and finally mutual relationships.
Why campaign Be4Birds!?
And this is exactly what biodiversity is all about - The miracle of life on Earth. We are flying into space and we are dreaming of walking on the Moon - meanwhile the real "space", full of life as if it was "out of this world", can be discovered in our home garden (if it is a life-friendly garden) or during "usual" walk in a riparian forest (if we are lucky enough to find one those days).
Whilst we, contemporary people, gazing at each other and at the universe - we lose contact with Earth. Our paradise, in our hands, becomes Paradise Lost.
WWF, one of the leading wildlife conservation organizations in the world, created Living Planet Index. Trends in the population of 1686 Earth species were investigated. It turned out that in the years 1970 - 2005, the number of land species decreased by 33%, salt water – by 14% and fresh-water - as much as by 35%. Over the last one hundred years, the number of tigers at large dropped by 95%. Certain subspecies are completely extinct. Population of Atlantic bluefin tuna dropped by 85%.
In the meantime many species irretrievably disappeared - including passenger pigeons. Probably, it was the most numerous bird species that had ever lived on Earth. Its population was counted in billions. Its total extermination took only tens of years. They were all killed "for fun", for food and as food for pigs. In Poland Western capercaillie, Greyhens, European rollers, Ferruginous ducks, Fish hawks, just to name a few, are diminishing. Even sparrows and swallows are becoming more rare. Fate of big predators like lynx, lupus or bear is obviously so difficult and uncertain, that we won't even mention it here.
In Poland, as well as all over the world, the greatest threat for the survival of species is the human activity. We are changing the climate - and we will discover dramatic consequences of it in the future. However, we can already see sings of it. We are destroying the living space of plants and animals (habitats). We hunt, catch and trade them - and the more endangered the species is, the bigger profit it brings on a black market. Finally, we kill "for sport" and for trophies or we exterminate in large numbers for fear of rivals. We often kill to satisfy the peculiar culinary tastes of few people. The often justification is tradition. And we don't remember that in the past, for example in Poland, people traditionally hunted for aurochs and recently for great bustard. Nowadays, we can't keep any of those traditions. Aurochs are nowhere to be seen. There are no more great bustard in Poland. Apart from Poland, there are no more than 30 thousand throughout the world. However, they can consider themselves "lucky" because there are species whose world population can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Will they "make it”? Not without our help!
The history and culture of almost every country and nation is full of such "traditions" that are dead now. Unfortunately, they always lead to the extinction of species - unique and splendid line of life. It is estimated that we have at least by 1/3 less bird species than at the time before we colonized Earth.
Scientists estimate that climate change and other factors will have caused the extinction of even one million plant and animal species by year 2050. Only in Europe we can lose 50% of all bird species. Not to mention other animal groups and wild plants. And not to mention other parts of the world...
UN declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. We know now, that loss of biodiversity is the greatest threat for Earth - including human civilization.
We also know now, that the most urgent task at the moment is to stop the extinction process of life on Earth - that is- the protection of biodiversity.
The European Commission issued a special announcement and committed all member countries to undertake all the necessary steps to stop the process of losing biodiversity until the year 2010 and in the following years.
Biodiversity on Earth is in great crisis. This crisis became deeper over the recent years. Meanwhile, life on this planet is connected in most remarkable combinations. Life on earth doesn't look like a Christmas tree, on top of which sits a human - "The crown of creation". This is a very men-favoring, convenient and anthropocentric point of view.
Meanwhile, a great coil, unbelievably raveled strand is a better image of life and mutual relations. All elements of this vortex interpenetrate with one another and they are all directly or indirectly connected - they depend on each other. Apparently – there is no point looking for logic and structure in it. Naturally - there is no doubt that they are there - especially logic! However, the enormity of mutual relations is almost as infinite as universe.
It doesn't matter if we talk about (still) vast rainforests in the Amazon valley, or a small mid-field refuge among Mazovian fields. Finally, everything and everybody on Earth are connected with one another. Nowadays, every piece of nature and every being is important.
We can never be sure what will happen, when we cut out one fragment of this earthly life ravel. We don't know in which way another cut out, that we still dare to do will influence the remaining parts of the "coil" or the whole structure... Usually it causes a chain reaction and we only just learn on our own mistakes. Some of those cannot be corrected and this is dramatic.
Fate that now meets others - can become ours. Finally, life on earth will manage to prevail without us - we cannot prevail without life on earth.
The good news is that the issue still depends on us. However, it won't last forever, maybe not for long but there is still time today: for co-responsibility, cooperation and for a moral choice.
Let us Be4Birds!
Before It’s too late.