International Day for Biological Diversity: Moving from Agreement to Action

May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is an especially significant one. “To Build Back Biodiversity, we must move from Agreement to Action.” We must implement the Framework and deliver on the promises for 2030 that are encapsulated in its 23 targets.

Much must be done if we are to address the underlying drivers of biodiversity loss:

  • All governments must not only develop their national targets but put in place the laws, policies and programmes necessary to achieve them.
  • Businesses need to assess and disclose impacts and pivot towards sustainable practices.
  • The efforts of indigenous peoples and local communities in protecting biodiversity must be recognized and protected.
  • We all need to reduce waste and shift to more sustainable consumption.
  • And we need to raise the necessary finance to facilitate these actions, reform subsidies and align major investment flows with the goals and targets of the Framework.

“We need a whole-of-government, whole-of society approach. Everyone must be engaged. Everyone must be involved.”

Here are seven steps you can take to protect biodiversity every day: 1) buy organic and sustainably-produced foods whenever possible; 2) eat a sustainable diet (e.g., vegan, vegetarian, planetary health diet, flexitarian); 3) reduce food and packaging waste; 4) reduce, reuse, and recycle; 5) use environmentally-friendly cleaning products; 6) reduce use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers – research shows that organic agricultural practices are best at protecting pollinators; and 7) start composting. Protecting biodiversity is also important for addressing climate change and creating climate resilience in the food supply.

Source: Keesing F. Diet for a small footprint. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2022;119(17) e2204241119.


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Published by greengrass50

My name is Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RDN. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist with expertise in environmental nutrition, food and nutrition policy, food and nutrition security, food justice, chronic disease prevention, regenerative & organic agriculture, and sustainable healthy dietary patterns. Currently, I serve on the Editorial Review Board and as a Column Editor for the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. I live in Bogota, Colombia with my husband, two teenagers (boy-girl twins), and our dog Honey. My website is: You can follow me on Instagram at:

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