Insights on Sustainable Development from Princeton University
Humans are part of the broader biosphere, comprised by the flora and fauna on the planet. The biosphere is as diverse as it is interconnected, with each species fulfilling a specific role in their own ecosystem. Through our zealous search for resources and our ardent territorial expansion we have destroyed many ecosystems and have started the next Mass Extinction. These are periods in the planet’s history when an abnormally large number of species go extinct – the difference with this one is that it is the first one driven by humans. Biodiversity is critical for sustainable development because it provides resilience to diseases, protecting our forests, crops, and cattle. Furthermore, ecosystems provide a wide variety of services that are critical for the stability of the biosphere, even if they are hard for us to monetize.
In this page you will find articles that discuss the importance of these ecosystem services, including topics on biodiversity and conservation.