UN celebrates Biodiversity Day by urging nations to protect species
United Nations, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The UN celebrates this Friday the International Day for Biological Diversity by warning of the rapid pace of depletion in the number of species due to human activity.
The world body deems that beyond technological breakthroughs, humans depend entirely on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for water, food, medicine, clothing, fuel, shelter, and energy.
Data cited by the UN unfold that fish provide 20 percent of animal protein to some three billion people and over 80 percent of the human diet is made up of plants.
Approximately, the statistics hold, four out of five people living in rural areas of developing countries depend on traditional medicines based on flora species for basic healthcare.
However, the loss of biological diversity threatens all those areas, including the health of men and women, points out the international organization.
There is evidence, the UN adds, that the loss of biodiversity can go up cases of zoonosis (animal diseases transmitted to humans), instead keeping it stable would be a great tool in the fight against pandemics such as those caused by coronaviruses.
For the UN, 2020 is a year of reflection, opportunity and solutions, and each inhabitant of the Earth is expected to 'build better' by using this time to increase the resilience of nations and communities as they recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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