Protecting biodiversity is a crucial part of tackling the climate crisis
World Environment Day exists to increase awareness and action to protect our environment globally. There’s a different theme each year, and this year it’s biodiversity. Biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth – everything from species to ecosystems. It’s the most complex part of our planet and is what gives us the natural resources we need to live, from the air we breathe to food, water and medicine.
But we’re pushing nature beyond its limit. Today, we would need 1.6 Earths to support human demands on nature. When we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the natural resources it gives us, too. Take the UN quiz to learn more about why biodiversity matters.
Bulb members help to maintain biodiversity through offsetting
Bulb members support carbon offsetting projects around the world thanks to choosing carbon neutral gas. Two of these projects directly protect biodiversity.
In Ghana and Kenya we help to provide clean cookstoves, replacing traditional methods of cooking. Along with lowering CO2 emissions, reduced demand for traditional cooking fuels - like wood and charcoal - protects biodiversity by keeping precious habitats in African rainforests intact.
In Sierra Leone, we help to protect the Gola Rainforest from deforestation. Before the project began, the rainforest was shrinking in size by 2,700 hectares every year, releasing harmful CO2 into the atmosphere and threatening the future of wildlife in the forest. With the help of ‘carbon finance’ it’s now a protected National Park, locking up CO2 and protecting the forest’s rich biodiversity.
The project conserves habitat for 327 bird species, 650 plant species, and 49 species of larger mammals, including the elusive Pygmy Hippo and the Western Chimpanzee. The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance gave the Gola project a gold rating for protecting 31 species of fish too. Bulb has helped protect 14,526 hectares of rainforest so far, an area 113 times larger than Rome.
Both projects contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the UN’s blueprint for a sustainable future for people and the planet. There are 17 SDGs. Bulb supports all but two of them through 100% carbon-neutral energy, Bulb Foundation and our Carbon Calculator. We’ll be writing about Bulb's contribution to other SDGs on the blog soon.
Test your Gola knowledge in our World Environment Day quiz on community.