Biodiversity Discussion post

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Biodiversity initial discussion post….. please make sure that that it is 250 words long. Thanks in advance!!!

M1D1: Defining Biodiversity… for your neighbors

Make sure you have completed the first activity, M1A1, and read and watched the required materials before moving on to this discussion.

In the previous activity, you checked your own understanding of biodiversity. You watched the video “Official video of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” (Video, 8:26 mins) to learn more about the Convention on Biological Diversity.

This served as an introduction to a variety of topics we will be covering throughout this course. Although the video is a few years old, the message from the United Nations (UN) about the alarming biodiversity crisis we are facing globally remains the same today, if not becoming worse. The UN declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity to raise awareness of biodiversity issues facing all of humanity.

The message of the Convention on Biological Diversity is clear: “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.” Biodiversity provides us with wealth, health, food, and fuel, but despite all these benefits (and more) we are failing to act to stop the alarming rate of species extinction and ecosystem destruction. “The time to act is NOW.”

n this activity, we want you to imagine using your new knowledge about biodiversity by sharing with your neighbors, one of which is a potential employer.

Picture yourself at a neighborhood cookout. Your neighbors know you are taking a class on biodiversity.

Your neighbor, Leah, who happens to be the CEO of a new company, “Energy Unlimited”, which sells solar energy panels in your area, is in fact looking to hire a public relations person, someone with your knowledge of biodiversity and who knows to promote solutions to environmental problems (…especially if they include switching to solar energy). Here is your chance to show your chops and network with a new potential employer!

Leah says to you: “I just saw on the news that there is a big crisis related to some coral reefs in the Philippines. Something about biodiversity, which I thought was only about plants and animals. But the reporter was talking about the diversity of ecosystems too. What was she talking about?”

Overhearing your conversation, your neighbor Jerry says “I didn’t see it on the news but I took a biology class in high school. I thought biodiversity was the diversity of human races and had nothing to do with plants, animals, or anything else beyond human genetics.”

As someone with an interest in biology, ecology, and related areas (and also interested in networking to perhaps get a new job), you know that many people are not aware what the concept of biodiversity encompasses. Now is your chance to talk in-depth with your neighbors, sharing with them what you have learned in this first module. You want to help Leah and Jerry not feel so confused. What will you say to them? Your discussion post will show you neighbors, especially Leah, how well you explain a misunderstood and complex subject.

In your discussion post, write a response (about 200 words) of how you would explain to your neighbors and potential employers that do not have a background in conservation biology, what biodiversity really is, all that it encompasses, and why we should care about saving it.

Use your own words and avoid complex terminology. You don’t want to see Leah or Jerry’s eyes glaze over talking about the elements of biodiversity such as genetic, ecological, and organismal aspects, but you still want to express the importance of and what biodiversity means in your understanding of it. While these scientific terms are important and will be used throughout the course, think of how much you want to get your message across.

Think of this as an exercise preparing you to apply your knowledge of biodiversity at the next cookout or maybe your next Thanksgiving dinner, but also at a potential job interview.

Biodiversity initial discussion post….. please make sure that that it is 250 words long. Thanks in advance!!! M1D1: Defining Biodiversity… for your neighbors Make sure you have completed the first activity, M1A1, and read and watched the required materials before moving on to this discussion. In the previous activity, you checked your own understanding of biodiversity. You watched the video “Official video of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” (Video, 8:26 mins) to learn more about the Convention on Biological Diversity. This served as an introduction to a variety of topics we will be covering throughout this course. Although the video is a few years old, the message from the United Nations (UN) about the alarming biodiversity crisis we are facing globally remains the same today, if not becoming worse. The UN declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity to raise awareness of biodiversity issues facing all of humanity. The message of the Convention on Biological Diversity is clear: “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.” Biodiversity provides us with wealth, health, food, and fuel, but despite all these benefits (and more) we are failing to act to stop the alarming rate of species extinction and ecosystem destruction. “The time to act is NOW.” n this activity, we want you to imagine using your new knowledge about biodiversity by sharing with your neighbors, one of which is a potential employer. Picture yourself at a neighborhood cookout. Your neighbors know you are taking a class on biodiversity. Your neighbor, Leah, who happens to be the CEO of a new company, “Energy Unlimited”, which sells solar energy panels in your area, is in fact looking to hire a public relations person, someone with your knowledge of biodiversity and who knows to promote solutions to environmental problems (…especially if they include switching to solar energy). Here is your chance to show your chops and network with a new potential employer! Leah says to you: “I just saw on the news that there is a big crisis related to some coral reefs in the Philippines. Something about biodiversity, which I thought was only about plants and animals. But the reporter was talking about the diversity of ecosystems too. What was she talking about?” Overhearing your conversation, your neighbor Jerry says “I didn’t see it on the news but I took a biology class in high school. I thought biodiversity was the diversity of human races and had nothing to do with plants, animals, or anything else beyond human genetics.” As someone with an interest in biology, ecology, and related areas (and also interested in networking to perhaps get a new job), you know that many people are not aware what the concept of biodiversity encompasses. Now is your chance to talk in-depth with your neighbors, sharing with them what you have learned in this first module. You want to help Leah and Jerry not feel so confused. What will you say to them? Your discussion post will show you neighbors, especially Leah, how well you explain a misunderstood and complex subject. In your discussion post, write a response (about 200 words) of how you would explain to your neighbors and potential employers that do not have a background in conservation biology, what biodiversity really is, all that it encompasses, and why we should care about saving it. Use your own words and avoid complex terminology. You don’t want to see Leah or Jerry’s eyes glaze over talking about the elements of biodiversity such as genetic, ecological, and organismal aspects, but you still want to express the importance of and what biodiversity means in your understanding of it. While these scientific terms are important and will be used throughout the course, think of how much you want to get your message across. Think of this as an exercise preparing you to apply your knowledge of biodiversity at the next cookout or maybe your next Thanksgiving dinner, but also at a potential job interview.

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