I just read an interesting blog by the Wildlife Habitat Council’s President, Margaret O’Gormon discussing the lack of media coverage re: the state of biodiversity, particularly compared to other environmental issues such as climate change. She points to a recently published paper that highlights this clear discrepancy.
I, too, have noticed such a lack of public/media interest in biodiversity (except in cases of cute public interest stories, such as the family of coyotes living in Fort York’s community gardens reported recently - and they are cute!). I know others in the ‘biodiversity conservation’ space have noticed this too - as we often speak about how to ‘mainstream’ biodiversity (a key direction in Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy). The situation may be changing - and certainly Pathway to Target 1, the federal budget investment, etc are helping to raise the profile, but there is still a way to go.
Why do you think this is? Biodiversity underpins everything we do and is inextricably linked to climate change. How can we help raise this awareness? How can we get biodiversity to trend? What has worked for you? And what can we share and learn? I’d be interested in hearing from those who are ear to the ground (or boots to the ground) in this area!