The other problem is mosquitoes which are not native to Hawaii. They carry avian malaria which none of our native birds have resistance to. The climate has warmed up, so there are mosquitoes at the summits of mountains, the last sanctuary of these native birds. Unless something is done to control mosquitoes, we can foresee the loss of our native honeycreepers in the next couple of decades.

It’s make-or-break now, we’re at a real crossroads 

If birds and native insects start to disappear because of climate change, then we will lose pollinators. Plants will no longer produce viable seeds, and that will unleash a domino effect, which will impact biodiversity. 

I am still optimistic though; there is no reason why we shouldn’t be growing and replanting these rare plants in the forest. I’m confident that there’s enough resilience for most of the species to survive, and I will not give up my fight to save them. 

Life on Land and the UN

  • Protecting forests and preserving is one of the goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG 15)
  • Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood, including 70 million indigenous people 
  • Over 80 per cent of the human diet is provided by plants. Only three cereal crops – rice, maize and wheat – provide 60 per cent of energy intake.
  • The ILO is promoting the green economy as one approach to realize SDG 15.
  • The UN celebrates the International Day of Forests on March 21

Information taken from: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/03/1059742

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