Biodiversity in our Communities
We are working to protect and regenerate natural habitats, as well as enhance species diversity in the areas we operate.
We rely heavily upon the healthy functioning of our natural world. Nature plays a crucial role in providing us with energy, food, medicine and various materials that we need for our wellbeing (physically and culturally). Yet biodiversity and nature are in steep decline internationally. In many ways, this loss is exasperated by the climate crisis.
- Over the past 50 years, the human population has doubled and we have now reached over 8 billion people *
- Biodiversity is declining at a quicker rate than any other time in history and it is estimated that 1 million species face extinction **
- The average variety of native species in most major terrestrial biomes has dropped by at least 20 per cent, predominantly since 1900 **
Much of what we rely on to live our everyday lives is provided by the biodiverse environmental ecosystems around us. We rely on these ecosystems to sustain us with food and water, as well as to prevent flooding and other extreme weather effects. Without biodiversity, our support system for human, as well as animal life, would collapse. Yet biodiversity and nature are in steep decline internationally. In many ways, this loss is exacerbated by the climate crisis.
We are passionate about protecting nature. For example, we look for ways to protect the environment by investing in local nature reserves and forests near our sites, and take the opportunity to inspire and educate students on the importance of biodiversity in schools.