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Endangered World: Biodiversity and You

Why preserve biodiversity? Because biodiversity affects you.

Biodiversity does have its roots in science, but what you probably did not know was how much of an impact biodiversity has on your life.

In an economic setting, preserving biodiversity can contribute to better agriculture. Biodiversity contributes to the stability of an environment, including the environment's climate. More climatically stable seasons allow farmers to have better crop yields, more arable soil, less droughts and floods, and less soil erosion from decreased flooding. Moreover, farmers can reduce the number of pests to protect their crops by introducing natural predators instead of using artificial pesticides. The results of biodiversity are lower prices and healthier food for you.

Biodiversity also plays a role in tourism. As an example, Florida's beautiful climate and pristine beaches attracting people worldwide are because of the state's biodiversity maintaining a delicate balance between land and water environments.

In addition to economic benefits, conservation of biodiversity also has social benefits. Environments with biodiversity make our air and drinking water cleaner, increasing communities' quality of life. Furthermore, stable climates and environments promote community establishment and growth, as opposed to extreme weather conditions such as floods and hurricanes, which can displace entire communities.

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Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
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Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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