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What is Biodiversity?

When talking about combatting climate change, we often talk about "improving biodiversity" - but what is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is all the different kinds of life that you find in an area - the variety of animals, plants, fungi and even micro-organisms like bacteria.  Each of these work together to create ecosystems and supports all the different things that we need to survive - from food and clean water to medicine and shelter.

Humans are increasingly adding pressure on our planets resources which unbalances the delicate ecosystems and reduces biodiversity.  Actions such as overfishing, cutting down forests and polluting our waters all contribute to damaging our planet's biodiversity.

Information adapted from the WWF website.


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