The Crisis of Life - introduction
The ‘Crisis of Life’ video project wants to communicate to you the urgent need to recognize that the biodiversity crisis is a global environmental crisis with potentially devastating consequences for human well-being which are on par with the potential threats posed by the water crisis and the pollution crisis.
The continuing decrease of plant and animal populations and the resulting extinction of species and unravelling of ecosystems are still too often considered just sad events happening somewhere far away, like the disappearance of charismatic species like tigers and pandas, but not of a threatening nature to daily life.
However, these interviews with leading biodiversity scientists and activists make clear that these biodiversity crashes are increasingly impacting human well-being directly. Especially the quality of life of poor and rural people, but eventually of everybody will be more and more impacted when, for example:
● fisheries collapse leaving entire communities unemployed,
● pollinators like bees and butterflies disappear, leaving crops unfertilized and harvests diminished,
● damaged ecosystems lose the capability of soaking up and cleaning water, leading to devastating floods and mudslides and poisoned and diminished ground water all around the world.