Biodiversity Is Essential For The Survival Of Mankind And The Environment For Many Reasons

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Biodiversity is essential for the survival of mankind and the environment for many reasons. The loss of biodiversity is a growing epidemic in Canada, as thousands of species are starting to diminish in number to the peak of extinction. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, biodiversity is defined as, “the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment” (“Biodiversity”). The survival of various species on earth depends on biodiversity as each relies on another to effectively sustain life. It is a chain reaction, if one breed instantaneously perishes, than the other begins to deteriorate until the species disappears entirely. It is without a doubt that population growth in Canada plays an intense role…show more content…
Global issues such as pollution, climate change, and over exploitation, are all serious topics that threaten wildlife and will be analyzed further in this paper with regards to their impact on the human population. Plastic pollution within ocean waters is one of the most destructive types of seawater contamination, as it not only poisons seafood, but also harms the population simultaneously. There are plenty of repercussions that occur from allowing waste to be disposed in open waters. Disposing wastes in the water causes ecosystems to become contaminated, resulting in the depletion of selective species that cannot adapt or operate in the confines of their new deadly home. A newspaper article titled Oceans of garbage threaten Earth; Fields Of Debris, discusses the effects of plastic debris on a beach near Vancouver Island. According to the U.S. National Park Services, “ it takes a plastic bottle 450 years to decompose in the environment” (Moneo 1). This process of decomposition has detrimental long-term effects on aquatic life and mammals, as they are prone to ingest the waste found within these waters. Plastic Debris in the World 's Oceans states that, “almost 270 animal species ingest or get tangled in the spiked soup that has become our oceans. Dead ocean birds are found with cigarette lighters in their bellies. Sea turtles snap up bottle caps. Grey whales swallow bottles. Fish partake of the colourful, floating
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