Biodiversity: Our Living World by CEC member Ke Chung Kim
17 July 2012 | News story
With a focus on the state of Pennsylvania, this 20-page book defines and explores biodiversity.
Our survival depends on the web of life created by the interactions of the millions of different animals, plants, fungi, and other microscopic organisms that share the Earth with us. All of these species together make up our natural heritage, which we call biological diversity, or “biodiversity.”
Because of human activities that pollute or destroy natural habitats, we are losing species at an alarming rate. For the sake of both present and future generations, we must protect biodiversity in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.
This publication highlights how our existence depends on the web of life. We will explore the diversity of life, see how closely our lives are linked to those of other organisms, learn how all species together make natural processes function, and discover what we can do to help protect our natural partners in life. Conserving biodiversity helps maintain our quality of life. It is an investment in Pennsylvania’s future. By actively supporting the preservation of our rich natural diversity, we all can play a part in creating a sustainable society.
— Ke Chung Kim
Center for BioDiversity Research
Environmental Resources Research Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
IUCN CEC member Ke Chung Kim is Professor Emeritus and Curator of the Department of Entomology at Frost Entomological Museum and Director Emeritus, Center for BioDiversity Research, PSIEE, Pennsylvania State University.