Humanity has managed to wipe out 60% of Earth’s animal populations since 1970

The Living Planet Index, produced for WWF by the Zoological Society of London, uses data on 16,704 populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, representing more than 4,000 species, to track the decline of wildlife between 1970 and 2014. www.wwf.org.uk/updates/living-planet-report-2018

We are continuing to destroy habitats, pollute air and water, and add to the causes of climate change. 

Our consumption of food and resources is destroying the web of life that has been billions of years in the making. 

  • The biggest cause of wildlife losses is the destruction of natural habitats, much of it to create farmland. Three-quarters of all land on Earth is now significantly affected by human activities.
  • Killing for food is the next biggest cause – 300 mammal species are being eaten into extinction. Oceans are massively overfished.

To stop the decline of the natural systems that support us and all other animals on the planet, we need real change, all over the world. WWF 10/30.2018

 

young hedgehog in my garden this summer
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