We know that nature does us a great service by providing everything we need to stay alive and healthy. In addition to air, water, soil and sunshine which are the basics that we need, we also get many other benefits from nature. We get materials like timber and ores to build our homes, factories and hospitals; we use the soil and it’s nutrients for farming; oceans and rivers for fishing, travel, as a source of energy and to dispose of all our waste.
Less obvious is the work of plants, insects and other animals that pollinate, enrich the soil, and filter water and air. We use nature for pleasure activities - trekking in forests or mountains and beach holidays. Nature is also part of our religion and culture - beautiful paintings, photographs, poems and stories. Nature’s provision of food, water, air and shelter, maintaining the climate, the soil nutrient and water cycle and spiritual and recreational benefits are all together known as ‘ecosystem services’.
Not just this, nature has always inspired us to make new tools, machines and medicines. From the multi-billion dollar chicken farming business or the development of the airplanes and the aviation industry, to something as small as the invention of Velcro – nature is the source of inspiration and holds all the answers.
So how do we value all the priceless benefits we get from Nature? We must do this by using our planet’s resources wisely and sustainably – it’s the only home we have!
To raise awareness about the value of nature and its conservation, WWF-India presents the theme for the Wild Wisdom Quiz 2018 – “THE PRICE OF OUR PLANET?”
This theme will highlight the significance of our irreplaceable and natural resources – forests and wildlife, oceans and rivers, plants and animals and our never-ending use of these resources. Through the quiz, each student will learn about
- ODD ONE IN- How all living things that make up nature's web are so wonderful and varied, yet similar in their need to survive;
- UNLIKE FRIENDS- The wonderful adaptations of so many plants and animals, some of which cannot live or thrive without the other;
- LOST & FOUND New discoveries and extinction;
- WHO TAUGHT US THAT? - The many things in our lives today that are nature-inspired – from art and culture to science and technology;
- WHERE ARE WE GOING ? Best practices and the use of sustainable innovation.
- How your choice will impact plants and animals that live both near and far, perhaps even on a different continent;
In short, the Wild Wisdom Quiz will help to give us the wisdom to choose what and how much we use, leaving at least half the earth for all the other animals and plants to live, thrive and survive.
As the great leader Mahatma Gandhi said - “The earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed”