HERE ON EARTH: Galapagos and Everglades

Animal DiversityCOMPARING EARTH’S ECO SYSTEM TO THE ECO SYSTEM OF AN AQUARIUM the planted aquarium thrives on perfect balance of it’s own ecological system just like nature. Most beautiful tanks shows harmony of life that balances everything. Shifts in the balance will show on your tank, calling for proper attention and measures to be taken. Excessive algae, plant meltdowns, sudden deaths of fishes or shrimps, plants discoloring, lack of plant photosynthesis all points to shift of this balance. It doesn’t take rocket science to remedy them, just some care and right advice from your local planted tank specialist.

In my opinion, the planted aquarium is the best classroom for conservation and sustainable environment for our planet. Nature is elaborately comprehensive and perfect in it’s creation. We are still learning things from nature and how it holds the answer and solution to many of life’s problem; planted aquarium included.

A serious planted aquarium keeper will gain self discipline and greater appreciation for the stewardship of this planet we call home. Taking for granted things will always have severe consequences. Hopefully every planted tank hobbyist out there will pick this up as a way of life. Happy planting!Diversity of plants
We going to take the Galapagos Island as example to show how important the safeguard of our planet biodiversity is important. Due to its incredible biological, cultural, and ecological importance, Galapagos was among the first locales to be deemed a World Heritage Site. In 1959, the Ecuadorian government declared 97.5 percent of the land on the islands national park territory, and forebode further colonization.

Last year, however, the Galapagos were placed on the World Heritage in Danger List and soon after environmentalists ranked the islands as one of the world’s most endangered lands. “An expanding human population, irresponsible tourism, the continuing intrusion of non-native species like pigs, goats, and poultry, and illegal fishing activities are all daunting threats to Darwin’s hallowed bio mes,” the site states.

Environmentalists hopes that as people – including groups of teachers from the U.S. – study the islands’ habitats, enter in dialogue with local educators, and get acquainted with the multifaceted conservation efforts, “a unique portrait of modern day Galapagos will emerge – a unique portrait that will potentially shed light on the plights of endangered environments around the globe.”

Environmentalists hopes that as people – including groups of teachers from the U.S. – study the islands’ habitats, enter in dialogue with local educators, and get acquainted with the multifaceted conservation efforts, “a unique portrait of modern day Galapagos will emerge – a unique portrait that will potentially shed light on the plights of endangered environments around the globe.”

Likewise, Florida’s Everglades face the same threat, with a sensitive ecosystem that is under attack by the intrusion of foreign plants, animals, man, and pollution.

“The primary threat to both ecosystems is the rampant non-native species that have been introduced. In the Everglades, the 482 non-native species that are wreaking havoc on the ecosystem include the Burmese Python, the Brazilian Pepper plant, the European Starling, and feral cats and dogs. The primary intruders in the Galapagos include avocado, Guava, goats, pigs, ants, cockroaches, in addition to wild dogs and cats,” the site states. “Non-native species compete with the natives for food and resources, and crowd them out of their natural habitats. They infringe on the natural equilibrium, and often lead to species’ endangerment and extinction. In the Everglades, they’ve been introduced as pets, as food sources, or as ornamentals for biological controls—in the Galapagos, many have been introduced as livestock as well.”

According to environmentalists, the Everglades has implemented a “Don’t Let it Loose” education campaign to curb the introduction of non-natives.

At GreenDustries, we’d like to mirror that campaign with one of our own: Just as these creatures and plants have invaded sensitive ecosystems so does pollution of another sort invade other ecosystems – in our backyard, in our local parks and forests. Let the examples of the Everglades and Galapagos – two of the most heralded and important environments in the world – be an example of the delicate balance we face in the battle to keep our planet clean and vital, by helping sustainable companies like  GreenDustries .

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