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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2012

This year's theme is Marine Biodiversity. How appropriate.....after all the ocean covers roughly 70 percent of the planet and supports the largest animals ever to have lived on Earth and billions of the tiniest. Our survival depends on the ocean. While fish and fish products provide about 60% of the dietary protein in Sri Lanka, globally fisheries provide over 15 percent of the dietary intake of animal protein. The ecosystem services such as protection provided by coastal systems are innumerable yet, we humans have rarely been kind to this great resource we have been blessed with. Perhaps, in the past, mistakes were made because of a lack of knowledge or awareness - but what is our excuse today?

I am committed to making a change in the world. I am committed to the conservation of the blue whales and marine biodiversity in Sri Lanka. I am committed to working with scientists around the world to make a change because I want our future generations to have more than just a fleeting glimpse of what we have had. I am committed to creating awareness about the beauty and secrets of the ocean and engaging more people in the cause. Together, we can make a difference.

What does today mean to you?

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