By 2020, the world could lose more than two-thirds of wildlife according to the most recent Living Planet Report published on October 26, 2016 by World Wildlife Foundation (here). More than 14,200 populations across 3,700 species of land, water, and air animals were analyzed, and the report concluded that between 1970 and 2012, global wildlife populations have decreased by 58%.
The declination is a result of the increase in human populations, habitat loss and degradation, animal hunting, and climate change. Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, states: “We are entering a new era in Earth’s history: the Anthropocene. An era in which humans rather than natural forces are the primary drivers of planetary change.”
For many years now, technology has advanced exponentially as we continue to unearth our planet. We often do not give a second look to our impact on nature and the well-being of Earth, but by quantifying the results of our actions, we can have a better, holistic view.
Why is it important to be aware of the animal species now rather than later? How can we prevent wildlife extinction through our everyday actions?
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