Tackling the Biodiversity Crisis:
Youth Stewardship for an Ecological Civilization
The theme for the NEO 2022 is “Tackling the Biodiversity Crisis: Youth Stewardship for an Ecological Civilization”. Life and wellbeing of the people on Planet earth depends on the health of the nature and ecosystems. As a civilization, we cannot thrive without a healthy ecosystem. But over the last century, there was a staggering level of destruction of forests, waterbodies and overexploitation of natural resources. This has resulted in rapid acceleration in rates of extinction of species resulting in disruption in the entire ecosystem and the services it provides.
Bangladesh was endowed with an exceptionally vast variety of flora and fauna, consisting of massive span of waterbodies, swamps, forests, and mangroves. However, human interference for modern agriculture, industrialisation, and settlements have drastically reduced the breeding and natural stocking of wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial species.
Our youth are heading towards a world with a tremendous existential crisis emanating from the disruption in the natural ecosystem that sustains all forms of life. The NEO 2022 is a call for action for tackling this biodiversity crisis through mainstreaming the knowledge and youth stewardship for an ecological civilization.