60% of Animal Populations gone in under 50 years.
Thursday 15th November 2018 | Jake
A groundbreaking report by the WWF, entitled the Living Planet Report 2018, has revealed that population sizes of the world’s wildlife decreased by an astonishing 60% between 1970 and 2014.
Scientists from multiple organisations, including the WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), have been monitoring populations of species for the last two decades. The report monitored over 16,000 wildlife populations of more than 4,000 species, noting plummeting populations across the board.
The report, unsurprisingly, places the human impact as the leading cause of this wide-scale population decrease. Human consumption of natural resources is at an alarmingly unsustainable rate. Deforestation, over-fishing and the human ability to exacerbate climate change have battered nature.
Today’s human is in a unique position. They are a member of the first generation to know the incredible damage humans are doing to the planet, which also makes them the first to be in a position to do something about it.
The full report can be read here.
The WWF has also compiled a list of 12 ways the individual (that’s you) can help save the planet, take a look here.