How can businesses boost biodiversity for a brighter future?

The Happy Ocean Company is delighted to be partnered with YourPact.

The action being taken by organisations and individuals to reduce our carbon footprint is fantastic to see. However, as we enter into a crucial period in our fight against climate change, it’s important we approach our sustainability goals with a full understanding of the environmental issues we now face.

Focus on biodiversity

Although many of you will know about the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis is less well known. This is a real issue as both climate change and biodiversity levels must be addressed in order to achieve a sense of balance. However, biodiversity is often lost in sustainability narrative, where it should be at the forefront of our green goals.

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity, in simple terms, is the variety of living things (animals, plants, fungi, micro-organisms) which form communities or habitats on Earth.

Why is it important?

High levels of biodiversity are vital for capturing carbon, maintaining a thriving eco-system, building a sustainable food chain for human consumption and protecting all plant and wildlife species on our planet.

What’s caused the biodiversity crisis?

As with climate change, human behaviour has had an extremely negative impact on biodiversity levels in the UK.

Research undertaken by the Natural History Museum, 2021 demonstrates just how severely our native habitats have been affected, showing that the UK’s biodiversity loss is at 47% since before the industrial revolution. To put this into context, 10% is considered to be the safe limit to prevent deadly food shortages for humans and wildlife.

This extreme loss of biodiversity has been attributed to two main causes; intensive agriculture and industrial/housing developments. In our drive towards modern living, natural land has been replaced with plant and human materials which affect the diversity within our eco-system. However, the biodiversity crisis can be reversed but we must act now to replenish habitats and land across the UK.

How can we curb the biodiversity crisis?

In order to tackle this crisis and improve the UK’s natural biodiversity, the government has introduced an Environmental Bill which identifies ten goals for environmental improvement. This not only includes mitigating climate change but also other key domestic issues, such as:

  • clean air and water
  • habitat and wildlife preservation
  • biosecurity
  • engagement with the natural environment

The government’s environmental goals are ambitious and extensive. However, public capital alone will not fund the number of projects which need to be undertaken to make a real difference. This is where private organisations across the country can take action and use their influence and investments to restore natural Britain.

Bethan Pugh, owner of national wildflower seed business YourGreen, has recently launched a private initiative to help UK businesses do just that. Bethan says; “The YourPact initiative is a fresh take on corporate sustainability. We help business to not only battle climate change but also biodiversity loss, managing projects across the country which replenish plant and animal species, as well as micro-organisms and fungi.”

Bethan continues; “Looking beyond carbon, we also need to improve our approach to conservation, habitats, soil & water health and accessibility to green space. That’s what makes YourPact different. It’s helping business to have a more rounded approach to being green. Without focusing on biodiversity gain, we cannot live sustainably. Our climate change, food shortages and habitat loss issues will become worse, if we don’t act. The good news is that we can make a difference and restore our natural habitats. However, it will take support from industries and businesses to achieve a sustainable and brighter future for both people and wildlife in the UK.”

The Happy Ocean Company is delighted to be partnered with YourPact.

If you would like more information on YourPact and how it can help your business with its sustainability, click here or email hello@yourpact.co.uk for a free consultation.

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