Updated: Jan 7
"Biodiversity – the complex web of life" is The Global Canvas 2023 theme. entries are open from 8th September 2022 until 10th February 2023.
Global Canvas is David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's international children's art competition, and it is Open to individuals and groups aged 4-16 globally. Past themes included 'It's Our World,'" 'Our Precious Planet,' 'Habitats of the World, 'Wild Wonders, and Endangered,
The theme in 2022 was 'Forests of Land and Sea,' resulting in 800 entries from individuals and groups across 50 countries. Winners and runner-ups came from the UK, USA, Lithuania, India, Dubai, China, Russia, Portugal, Greece, and Spain. The Global Canvas 2022 Live Final had guest speakers who talked about rainforests. The final also had a masterclass with t Alex Flemming, a wildlife artist, before the competition winners were revealed.
The Global Canvas children's art competition is an essential highlight for art groups and schools for artists, teachers, and budding conservationists. It is a wonderful way for parents to keep their children occupied during the school summer holidays!
"Biodiversity – the complex web of life" Is the theme for 2023
We depend entirely on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems for water, food, fuel, oxygen, energy, and shelter.
Scientists believe there are approximately 8.7 million living species on the planet today, and lots of them are yet to be discovered.
Biodiversity includes all the plants and animals and the complex and vibrant ecosystem of the planet's habitats. Biodiversity highlights and celebrates the importance of the co-dependency and intrinsic relationship of all living matter and the interrelationships between animals and plants—the complex web of life.
1.2 million different species are identified as at risk of extinction; scientists believe there could be between 9 and 13 million.
Biodiversity is not evenly spread around the planet; rainforests and reefs are highly diverse. Land used by humans is a lot less diverse. The loss of tropical rainforests accounted for more than 90% of global deforestation in the last two decades. . This is roughly 157 million hectares – approximately the size of Western Europe. Habitat loss is a big risk to biodiversity in rainforests.
Drylands comprise 47% of the land's surface area, and rather than being empty of life; they contain plants and animals that are specialists that thrive in marginal habitats. Drylands are particularly sensitive to the impact of climate change. The islands' biodiversity is particularly at risk as they contain a unique species that exists nowhere else. There are also rare habitats, such as the Fynbos in South Africa and chalk grasslands in the UK, that are hugely diverse but at risk due to the invasion of alien species. This video from The Royal Society, featuring David Attenborough, explains why biodiversity is essential to humans and how we can slow the extinction event that is occurring now.
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