13th September 2010
You may remember that the Tocil Bee Meadow is part of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 and featured on their website. Well they are have ing a big debate regarding biodiversity on 7th October and Wendy and I have been invited to attend. Below is some information about it all.
Public worried about species disappearing, but who’s heard of Nagoya ?
Natural History Museum launches The Big Nature Debate to explore public concerns about biodiversity loss ahead of October Nagoya conference
British people are worried about the drastic loss of native species, the effects of climate change on global wildlife and over-fishing, according to research commissioned by the Natural History Museum. Yet 85% of those asked did not know that next month officials from 193 countries are meeting in Japan to take important decisions about the future of biodiversity, which could affect how we protect, manage and make use of the planet’s diversity of life for decades to come.
In the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, the Natural History Museum is launching The Big Nature Debate to get the public talking about biodiversity and the world around them. Working with International Year of Biodiversity partners the Royal Botanic Gardens , Kew, and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the debate will be a platform for information, opinion and discussion about biodiversity issues ahead of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) which is being held in Nagoya , Japan , in October 2010. While governments recognise the importance of the problem, the outcomes from the conference will also rely on ordinary people to understand the issues and help build a more sustainable society. Without this there will be little chance of long-term success.
Dr Robert Bloomfield, Director of the International Year of Biodiversity UK , said ‘The rapid loss of biodiversity and natural systems will affect the lives of everyone in coming decades. From our research we know that one in two people in Great Britain, for example, is really worried about the dramatic loss of nearly 500 species of plants, animals and fungi from England in the last 200 years. Two thirds (65%) of people asked would like to know more about issues such as over-fishing and the loss of biodiversity.
However, species loss is only one part of the problem. The human race relies on the biodiversity of the natural world to maintain the healthy environment in which we all live. Biodiversity loss threatens the health, wealth and well-being of the world’s population and will have consequences for generations to come. It is crucial that we understand the scale of the issues and as a global society respond to them while we still can.
We want to get people talking about these issues and inspire them to make a difference. Very few people (12%) know there is an important meeting next month to take decisions about biodiversity. Only 13% of those surveyed could explain what biodiversity – the amazing variety of life on our planet – is, and how we benefit so much from it. With the Nagoya conference next month, The Big Nature Debate could not come at a more important time and we hope to capture the interest of as many people as possible.’
People can visit www.nhm.ac.uk/bignaturedebate where they will be able to quiz the experts, debate issues in forums, subscribe to the RSS feed for latest updates and get biodiversity news through the Museum’s Facebook page or by following the Museum on Twitter. The site will host thought-provoking blogs from biodiversity experts and other key thinkers on subjects such as what the world might look like in 2050 or if biodiversity loss has reached a crisis point. There is also the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of scientists for a live streamed debate on 7 October 2010.
1. The Big Nature Debate will take place on 7 October in the Natural History Museum Attenborough Studio. It will be streamed live on www.nhm.ac.uk/bignaturedebate.
2. The panel of experts include Professor Jon Hutton, Director of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Paul Smith, Head of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Dr Chris Lyal , Research Entomologist, the Natural History Museum, Professor Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
3. The Big Nature Debate is supported by the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 UK Partnership, ZSL and the Royal Botanic Gardens , Kew .
4. The Big Nature Debate is part of the worldwide celebrations of 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. For information on events, initiatives and exhibitions across the UK visit www.biodiversityislife.net. The Natural History Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens , Kew and ZSL are some of the 400 partners across England , Wales , Scotland and Northern Ireland that make up IYB-UK. The partnership has come together to celebrate biological diversity during 2010. From charities to farmers, councils to wildlife rangers, schools and colleges to zoos, museums and botanic gardens, the UK has one of the strongest programmes in the world to celebrate IYB.
5. Fieldwork was conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Natural History Museum. 1,014 adults aged between 16 and 64 years were surveyed across Great Britain on the online Omnibus survey. Fieldwork was conducted online between 3 and 6 September 2010. Results have been weighted to the known GB population of adults aged 16–64.
So, that is what it is all about.
Wendy and I will be at the Tocil Bee Meadow stand as part of the Warwick Volunteers day on Friday 8th October, so come and see us and we will tell you how it went on the 7th.