20th May 2010
On Saturday 22nd May 2010 thousands of people will be celebrating the variety of life on earth for the International Day of Biological Diversity. With 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity there has been efforts made all over the world to make this a memorable and promising year for conservation. Here in the UK, over 380 organisations, including the Bat Conservation Trust from the four countries are coming together to support the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 (IYB 2010). There are many ways in which you can get involved with supporting biodiversity. You could even go batty for biodiversity by planting night flowering blossoms to encourage bats into your garden or getting your friends out into your local park to watch bats hunting at dusk.
The theme for IYB 2010 is Biodiversity for Development focusing on raising public and political awareness around the significance of ecosystems and biodiversity in maintaining human well-being. In the UK diverse sectors are coming together to raise awareness of the risks that diversity loss imposes on people and nature alike; and are working together to achieve a more definitive response from the countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity when leaders meet in October to set new targets for conserving biodiversity in 2020 and beyond.
For more ideas on how you can get involved and information see the official UK International Year of Biodiversity 2010 website
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