It is said that diversity is the spice of life – the more variety in food, people or places, the more fascinating or enriching a situation becomes. Travel brings home this truth for many. When it comes to biodiversity, the reality is the same. The more species we have, the more options we have, now and in the future, because humans and ecosystems both utilise biodiversity to solve problems. Everything is interconnected.
But we are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate and we haven’t even discovered all the species on earth yet. Many of our iconic species are on the frontline of this extinction event. The cheetah – Africa’s most endangered cat species – is just one example. It’s not all doom and gloom though. Both humans and nature are brilliant problem-solvers so we just have to engage our collaborative spirit in the process of reimagining our relationship with the planet and then long may we continue to celebrate its food, places and cultures through travel to beautiful natural environments.