WWF's Living Planet report published
WWF's 2020 Living Planet 'health check' report has just been published. The alarming scientific evidence speaks for itself. The request is for us all to change direction and fast, will you take part?
The Living Planet report is not an easy read. It reveals that over the last 46 years (1970-2016) there has been a 68% decline in wildlife population sizes. This is due to environmental destruction, such as deforestation, unsustainable agriculture and the illegal wildlife trade. This decline has a direct impact on nutrition, food security and the livelihoods of billions of people.
The report also states that 75% of Earth's ice-free land surface has already been dramatically altered. The majority of our oceans are polluted, and over 85% of the area of wetlands has been lost.
It is now clearer than ever that biodiversity is a non-negotiable and strategic investment to protect our health, wealth and security.
The fundamental message is that nature - our life support system - is declining at an extremely alarming rate. The health of people and that of our planet are increasingly interlinked, with the tragic forest fires over the past year making this very apparent.
What the report does tell us is that with transformational change, it is possible to reverse biodiversity loss. But in order to do this it will take a global and united effort. The key areas that would need to be focused on would be increased conservation, and changes to be made in how we produce and consume our food and energy.
Ultimately, citizens, governments and business leaders around the world would need to be part of a movement for change. And this would have to be with an urgency, and on a scale, no one has ever seen before.
Watch the video below and take actions where you can!