Excited and hopeful - is how Protect OurWater and Environmental Resources(P.O.W.E.R.) feels about ourMainstreaming BioDiversity work andthis unique newsletter. The goal of Mainstream BioDiversity is to help
the purpose of this newsletter is to communicate, educate, raise public awareness and inspire action for biodiversity and the convention on biological diversity
Volume 1, Issue 1 | December 2010
Biodiversity is lifeBiodiversity is Our life
Action Now for Life on Earth
From the desk of P.O.W.E.R.
NSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Action Now For Life on Earth 1Why BioDiversity Matters 1Nagoya Biodiversity Summit 2Oh Canada 3Ontario
Yours to Discover 4Watershed Moments 5Ecosystem Services 6
Act Local-Contribute Global
7P.O.W.E.R. With A Purpose 8
www.powerhalton.caunderstand, engage and take action for BioDiversity
from globally to locally. To P.O.W.E.R.this means not only exploring BioDiversity, but also the Convention on Biological Diversity.Each issue of Mainstream BioDiversity will have a focal area or theme that will be explored andconsidered from the international to the local and individual level. Using this nested approach,our goal is to consider how each level is relevant and necessary to sustain BioDiversity.Mainstream BioDiversity will strive to present an integrated view that supports communication,education and public awareness to foster Action Now for Life on Earth. We believe that thepower IS in our hands.In this first issue, we will explore how all levels are relevant and interact to influence and impactour BioDiversity. You will also find a contribution from Youth and the Executive Secretary forthe Convention on Biological Diversity. Both will be regular features in MainstreamBioDiversit!
All About Action
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Why BioDiversity Matters
Voices for the Future | Jesse Paragamian (P.O.W.E.R. Youth Caucus)
Many may think that youth
don’t care about BioDiversity or the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),
nor does either have anything to do with youth as it does not really have any impact on them. I believethat this statement could not be farther from the truth. What many youth, in fact many people, need toremember is that our entire lives and our future is tied to BioDiversity. Everything we have depends onBioDiversity, and our actions are causing a shift that is leaving an unsecure future for generations that willcall our planet home. Youth, in fact all of us, ultimately have a role and responsibility to stop the loss of genetics, species and ecosystems and their functions.The youth I know and work with are taking this to heart and are working to make a difference forBioDiversity. We can do this and I believe that the CBD, if given more recognition, can act as a globalvehicle to help youth, and all of us, stop BioDiversity loss
that is why mainstreaming BioDiversity, andlearning more about the CBD, is so important.The CBD can be a means to network youth around the globe. I had the fortune to participate in theConference of the Parties to the CBD in Japan in October, 2010. I witnessed, first hand, how an organized,respectful and committed youth voice can help move our global BioDiversity away from the slope of continued degradation. (More on page 2).