It’s a big idea with a long history.
Biodiversity found on Earth today consists of many millions of distinct biological species, the product of four billion years of evolution.
But the word “Biodiversity” itself is actually quite new.
"Biodiversity" was coined as a contraction of "biological diversity" in 1985.
A symposium in 1986, and the follow-up book BioDiversity
(Wilson 1986), edited by biologist E. O. Wilson
, carved the way for common acceptance of the word and concept.
And as politicians, scientists, and conservationists became more interested in the state of the planet and the amazing complexity of life we became quite attached to this new word.
And why were we talking so much about Biodiversity?
The world has begun, relatively recently, to lose species and habitats at an ever-increasing and alarming rate.
Because of us.