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Top 5 essential videos on biodiversity

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By illuminem

· 3 min read

We are glad to present our curated list of 'Top 5 essential videos on biodiversity'. At illuminem, we take pride in calling ourselves the “Home” of Sustainability and support our community with quality information and resources to improve our climate knowledge and stay updated on the latest sustainability developments.

So, why is it important to understand biodiversity? 

Biodiversity is indispensable for ecosystem stability, human health, and climate regulation. Our understanding of it is the foundation for effective conservation strategies, sustainable business practices, and informed government policies. This curated list encapsulates key aspects of the biodiversity debate: how climate change impacts all living creatures, opportunities and challenges of nature conservation and reforestation, and concrete steps businesses can take to integrate biodiversity into their sustainability strategies. 


 1. Nature vs. humanity: Should we trust nature more than ourselves?

Source: Yuval Noah Harari 
Date: July 2022
Knowledge level: Professional 🧠

Are we above or part of nature? How can we combat extremism? How do extreme ideologies often become their opposite? In a lively and philosophical discussion between Slavoj Žižek and Yuval Noah Harari, the two thinkers debate our role in nature, extremist ideology, the notions of good and evil, and catastrophes of the past.


2. Our Planet | Jungles 

Source: Netflix
Date: April 2020
Knowledge level: Beginner 💨

Narrated by David Attenborough, this ambitious documentary gives you a chance to experience the planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures. Jungles and rainforests are the cradles of biodiversity and home to an incredible variety of species like preening birds, intelligent orangutans, and remarkably ambitious ants. 


 3. Why environmental conservation won’t save the planet

Source: TEDx | Lesley Hughes
Date: February 2022
Knowledge level: Beginner 💨

“The first law of tinkering is to keep all the parts.” This is what conservation is, argues Lesley Hughes, a distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University. The problem with conservation being that the environments where different species live are becoming more and more unsuitable for their existence. Hence, she calls for us to stop looking back to a utopian Eden, and instead actively create, innovate, and intervene.


 4. The global movement to restore nature's biodiversity

Source: TED | Thomas Crowther
Date: October 2020
Knowledge level: Beginner 💨

Biodiversity is the key to life on earth and reviving our damaged planet, says ecologist Thomas Crowther. Sharing the inside story of his headline-making research on reforestation, which led to the UN's viral Trillion Trees Campaign, Crowther introduces Restor: an expansive, informative platform built to enable anyone, anywhere to help restore the biodiversity of Earth's ecosystems.


 5. Building biodiversity into business strategy

Source: AFRY | Andy Houston, Dr. Sven Stadtmann
Date: October 2021
Knowledge level: Intermediate 🏭

In this webinar, Dr. Sven Stadtmann introduces the main drivers of biodiversity loss and the key stakeholders involved in global conservation efforts. Sven also explores ideas on how to integrate biodiversity planning into corporate sustainability strategies and how the private sector can contribute to the sustainable management of biodiversity.


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