The trouble with so many of the world's problems is my immediate question - well I can be made aware of it but what can I as an individual actually do about it? I was even more aware of it with regard to bio=diversity when the farmer was alive (he died four years ago) and I saw first hand how things were disappearing from our land. The cuckoo flower was once thick over all our meadows - mauve flowers often called ladies' smock - now maybe a couple in one of the fields but that's all. The common orchid, once thick in the hedge bottoms now almost non existent. The curlew, once perhaps the most common ground nesting bird in our pasture - now a rarity.
You may be surprised to learn, as I certainly was, that the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the World. It is in the bottom 10% globally and last in the G7 nations. The global average is around 75% and here in the UK we have only about 53% of our biodiversity left.
The safe limit to ensure that the world doesn't tip into ecological nightmare is thought to be 90%.
Most of it in the case of the UK has disappeared since the industrial revolution. The following shows the species at risk of extiction throughout the world:
33% reef corals
31% sharks and rays
In the UK I understand that most of the loss can be put down to two things:
a) intensive agriculture. This has certainly happened here in the Yorkshire Dales on a large scale. This was an area of small, family farms, small fields bordered by stone walls, flocks of sheep and small milking herds. As farmers have died their sons, reluctant to take on farms which no longer pay, have often sold off the small farms to neighbouring farmers thus making much larger dairy farms often with up to eight hundred milking cows. This has meant bigger agricultural machinery, much more intensive use of the land and with it the disappearance of those small fields. (when I first married the farmer in 1993 my father in law, then in his early nineties, would follow the hay making machinery round the field with a huge wooden rake with which he would gently rake the odd bits of hay out of the hedge bottom, pulling out the last bits with his hands - the whole lot probably equalling only one extra bale).
b) Intensive building on what was agricultural land
There must be an answer. I don't know what it is and I have no idea how we as individuals can do our bit to help things along.