Ecosystem Diversity

Every species, no matter how small, plays an important role in sustaining the lives of all of us. Planetary destruction at the hands of humans is rapidly decreasing biodiversity and thus decreasing our chances of survival. A wellbeing economy acknowledges the interconnectedness between all life and prioritizes maintaining diverse ecosystems.

Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go? (Robert Costanza, et al)

This source concludes that the substantial contributions of ecosystem services to the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature should be at the core of the fundamental change needed in economic theory and practice if we are to achieve a societal transformation to a sustainable and desirable future.

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature' (Damian Carrington)

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, which could cause a catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems and threaten all life, according to the first global scientific review.

A million species are at risk of extinction. Humans are to blame. (Brian Resnick)

The damage we’ve done to biodiversity may never be undone. Species of all kinds—mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, plants, marine life, terrestrial life—are disappearing at a rate tens to hundreds times higher than the average over the last 10 million years due to human activity.