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Monday, June 14, 2010

The IPBES and the International Year of Biodiversity

The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  has announced
the formation of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity 
and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) . This organization will be devoted to monitoring the 
ecological state of our planet. I found the following statement which indicates the purpose of 
this new organization::

the IPBES will focus on making "

"informed decisions on how biodiversity and ecosystem services are conserved 
and used around the world."

The official website for this new organization is: .

The members of this organization have chosen a difficult job, however I certainly agree that
such an organization needs to exist in our world. It is nice to see that people from different
countries and cultures can come together and agree that biodiversity of the life forms on our
planet must be maintained and strengthened. In addition the crucial  ecosystem of our planet
now has a means of being perpetuated by  services offered by this organization. Lets hope
the members of this new organization focus on results and action rather than rhetoric and 

According to the official website:

this  "independent platform will in many ways mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on 
Climate Change (IPCC) which has assisted in catalyzing world-wide understanding
 and governmental action on global warming.
The new body will bridge the gulf between the wealth of scientific knowledge- 
documenting accelerating declines and degradation of the natural world- and the
 decisive government action required to reverse these damaging trends.
Its various roles will include carrying out high quality peer reviews of the wealth of 
science on biodiversity and ecosystem services emerging from research institutes 
across the globe in order to provide 'gold standard' reports to governments."


According to, the website:

"Biodiversity is the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome, or on the 
entire Earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure of the health of biological systems.
 The biodiversity found on Earth today consists of many millions of distinct biological
  species. The year 2010 has been declared as the International Year of Biodiversity."

According to the website:
  three levels of biodiversity exist: genetic diversity.species
diversity and ecosystem diversity. You can read about these at the just-provided website.

I just learned that Canada has fifteen terrestrial and five aquatic ecozones, which you
can read about by going to the following website:

To read more about the programs and events which will occur in this International Year of
Biodiversity, please visit the folllowing websites:

I am appalled to admit that this is the first time I have heard that this year is the International
Year of Biodiversity? What does this fact say about news agencies, and the news
 media in our world??
Here is a very informative video which will provide you with the basics of
(source: ) This video was created by
the organization Below this video is the "Official"
Video of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
(source: )
I hope you find these videos informative and that you take up the challenge to engage in
behaviors which will preserve the biodiversity on our planet!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.