The Biodiversity Alliance is a politically independent, non-profit organization, registered in Switzerland on 04.September 2015 under Id.#: CHE-275.349.746 by the Commercial Registration Office of Canton Zürich.
The aims in our mission are sound counterpoints to a few principal causes not only behind the rapid deterioration of our global ecosystem, but also behind the highly distorted share of goods, social unbalance, unrest and climate change itself.
Our aims listed above are not new at all. There are charity organizations advocating them, not so very many though. What we haven’t seen so far is an organization advocating each of these aims.
We believe they must be pursued together, otherwise the vision cannot be achieved.
No balance is possible with an ever-growing human population.
No balance is possible if we all individually increase our consumption on an on-going basis.
No balance is possible if the global commons, like the high seas, are everybody’s plunder.
These are principal problems. Root causes must be brought to the surface and kept in the center of attention in order to build a global consensus, which is acceptable not only for 1% of the population but also for the rest. For those whose problem is not how to build their wealth, but how to survive a day.
Biodiversity loss is not a scientific problem. It is a global, social and economic problem. Not least because many species provide us with crucial services, just think of pollinators like honey bees. Due to the complexity of dependencies and inter-dependencies among species, driving species extinct can – and DOES, as we speak – lead to the collapse of the web of life.
The majority of conservation organizations, small and large alike, invest all their efforts in saving habitats from further loss and damage, in saving species threatened by extinction. Professionals and volunteers, even politicians talk about the adverse effects of an increased human ecological footprint, over-consumption, pollution and climate change. These are real problems, however they are just the manifestations of the principal problems. Hence the tremendous, often self-sacrificing efforts spent to resolve them won’t necessarily lead to long term results. The fever is being cured instead of the disease.
We believe that the disease must be cured to get rid of the fever.
Root causes however are considered to be taboos and voices addressing them are usually suppressed by the mainstream media, owned by major profit takers.
On the one hand, it is because the root causes make up the fundamental aspects of the global economic system, whilst on the other hand they serve the very interest of major economic, financial and political players on a global level. Maintaining the status quo seems to be a guarantee for the everlasting increase of wealth for some.
We are seeing that the human population is running into a catastrophe by destroying its own life- supporting system and has already caused global-scale adverse changes on this planet due to exploding populations and a sheer short term, profit-focused, selfish mindset.
The efforts made so far to protect biological diversity, which is the most critical source of our life- supporting system, by the multitude of fragmented conservation-oriented organizations and individuals are nowhere near enough to stop and reverse the deterioration of the planetary ecosystem.
We believe that human beings, currently the most capable species on Earth, must recognize the quickly approaching collapse of the ecosystem resulting from our exploitation of the global commons, and through social arrangements we must collectively act to stop – and reverse if possible – all those human-caused adverse effects that we are able to and for which we possess the knowledge and capacity.