It’s Time for Celebration! by Harnoor Gill

May 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Youth Blog

“If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us” – David Suzuki                                                           (David Suzuki is a Canadian science broadcaster as well as an environmental activist.)

Harnoor in 2011 1452

Youth Blogger Harnoor Gill in 2011

My name is Biodiversity (the variety and complexity of species in ecosystems) and I am so excited because my birthday is coming up on the 22nd of May. It’s time for this year’s theme of water and I, hence the year of Water & Biodiversity in this year’s International Day of Biodiversity (IBD). I am becoming so popular in countries that I was never popular in before. This tells us that with the efforts of raising awareness about this celebration, we have accomplished a lot in these years; even more than anyone could ever imagine. So, help me strive to achieve success throughout the world by learning more about ME!

In this year’s IBD celebration, I will be sharing the spotlight with a good friend of mine….Water! Water is an essential part of everyone’s life which even affects mine. Neither Biodiversity nor any other living thing on this planet of ours can survive without water. To let everyone know about this, the United Nations General Assembly has, since 1993, set a date to commemorate the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of Conference. I am so thankful for this and since the there has been a lot of people being part of unique initiatives while promoting the cause to protect this Earth as a safe-haven.

Many useful ways have been brought up to protect me, Biodiversity. The promotion of recycling has resulted in less garbage disposal. The three R’s: “reduce, reuse, recycle” have become a part of our daily lives as most developed countries are encouraging this process by letting residents know about the designated recycling pick-up day. Some cities such as Oslo, the capital of Norway have also enhanced their way of living by not having garbage to fill up landfills anymore. They realized that if they burned garbage as a use for electricity or even heat sources that they could save money as well as help care for the environment. This Norwegian city has also been speculating about importing garbage from Canada or USA as a business trade-off so that the city of Oslo can ‘power-up’. These types of unique ideas really just make my day as I read and witness what is going on to promote green causes and how we should nurture this land of ours for our children of the future.

In conclusion, I would like for all of you to at least do one act of kindness on this year’s IBD Day on May 22nd for me and I will reward you back by letting you witness nature’s finest beauty: Biodiversity!

In order to find out more about how you can make a difference by simply following the 52 actions for biodiversity, read this:


Written from Biodiversity’s perspective by Peace Welcome Club founder & Volunteer Youth Blogger Harnoor Gill

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