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UBC Undergraduate Research

Biodiversity Engagement : Accessible Language and Strategies : Stimulating Community Engagement in Biodiversity Conservation within the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus Lau, Virginia

Abstract

Although communities' actions do not always reflect people’s knowledge over the repercussions of climate change, most are well aware of the need to reduce carbon emission. On the other hand, biodiversity, which is mutually reinforced with climate change and is at the highest risk of irreversibility according to the planetary boundary, has not been given proportional awareness among the general public as compared to the urge of carbon emission mitigation. The reason being is very likely due to the complexity of the biodiversity concept and difficulty to communicate this issue to the general public. Given that most remain unaware of the significance of biodiversity conservation, in consultation with UBC’s Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability Program, this paper is prepared to suggest potentials to raise biodiversity awareness and changing community behaviour in the vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). In order to find out potential solutions for raising biodiversity awareness on campus, a definition of “Biodiversity” and research over communication challenges of biodiversity conservation will be further elaborated in the paper along with a list of recommendations to develop strategies to engage community members with biodiversity conservation. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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