Gina For Congress: The Environment/ International Day for Biological Diversity

Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity:

The International Day for Biological Diversity is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22. The International Day for Biological Diversity falls within the scope of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals. Wikipedia


As a candidate I am committed to protecting the natural resources and biodiversity of NC District 10. Most of the conversation today is about exotic rainforests in other countries. In Western North Carolina we have an important rainforest as well. The Appalachian Temperate Rainforest is 135 square miles of forest land that environment is vitally important to clean air in the United States. The biodiversity in our area keeps the water clean and the air pure. Current deregulation policies threaten biodiversity here at home. The Western North Carolina Vitality Index states:

“Is biodiversity important in Western North Carolina?

Temperate ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains are exceptionally diverse. Ancient geological events followed by climatic reversals and weathering formed the mountains that today feature the highest peaks in the eastern United States. In the moist, deep-soiled, and densely-forested valleys, the daily range of temperature, wind, and humidity remains relatively constant. On the thin-soiled and exposed ridges, balds, and mountain tops, the daily range of climate conditions is much wider. This variability in elevation, aspect, climate, geology, and soils accounts for the occurrence of thousands of plants and animals that exist at the edge of their natural range.

The geographic isolation of high-altitude species in the Blue Ridge Mountains has allowed some to evolve into unique species of their own, adding further to the biological diversity of these mountains. Examples are the Blue Ridge goldenrod and the spreading avens.

Western North Carolina Vitality Index

….because of air and water pollution, forest clearing, loss of wetlands, and other human-induced environmental changes, extinctions are now occurring at a rate that far exceeds the speciation rate. Since 1620, more than 500 species, subspecies, and varieties of our nation’s plants and animals have become extinct. “

This interactive map shows endangered  species in North Carolina by county.

Take a breath today. Hug a tree if you want to. And consider these species unique to our forest.

If you care about our home and want to be represented in Washington. Get Involved.

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Gina Collias