Why Biodiversity?

Biodiversity makes Earth different from all other planets. Biodiversity is the plants, the animals, and, of course, the humans. It is life. Protecting life on Earth is what we do.

There are perhaps more than 10 million species that inhabit the Earth, yet only about 1.6 million are known to science. This means we have identified less than 1 out of 5 living species that share our planet.

Discovered or undiscovered, every species that vanishes is, without a doubt, a tremendous loss for the Earth. A single, intrinsic piece of the large, yet finite planet we have inherited and that sustains us all, is lost forever.

This is why conserving biodiversity around the world is important.

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Every species we can save stems the tide of irrevocable changes to this planet—changes with ramifications we haven’t even yet fully grasped. While other environmental challenges are large and growing, GWC maintains a focus on species. Saving species is saving the environment.

The array of species on Earth is wondrous. And must remain for all of the generations that come after us.

Today, the extinction rate is believed to be 1,000-10,000 times more than the historic, background rate of extinction.

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GWC is tackling that number. We support local groups around the world that share our vision and are actively conserving wildlife.

Among the species that are known and endangered, most are receiving little to no conservation attention. Charismatic megafauna, such as tigers, African elephants and pandas, as well as species with immediate economic value, such as tuna and salmon, receive the most attention and aid. They are the fortunate minority. There is another, lesser-known and rarely acknowledged group of species, all the more endangered for its anonymity. We know them as the smaller majority: the amphibians, primates, birds, insects, plants, and other species of the world. GWC concentrates on species that are most threatened with extinction, regardless of whether they are embraced by the general public or valued economically. Recognizing the intrinsic value of each species, we refuse to let any slip through the cracks.

Saving species is not a question of simply preventing loss. It’s about conserving the fabric of life and the integrity that sets apart our singular planet.

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