Whether you want to believe or not, humans have been responsible for the decrease in wildlife over many decades. According to an alarming new World Wildlife Fund report, human activity has decimated global wildlife, reducing species counts by an average of 60% over the last four decades. Species all over the globe are disappearing due to habitat loss and degradation, as well as overexploitation of wildlife, pollution and climate change. There’s only one common denominator among them: humans.
The truth hurts
More than 4,000 mammals, bird, fish, reptile and amphibian species have been tracked by WWF researchers who discovered a staggering decline between 1970 and 2014. The reductions are believed to be connected to human activity since current rates of extinction for species are now 100 to 1,000 times higher than before human pressures became a factor.
In the last 30 years alone, the Earth is estimated to have lost about half of its water corals, while in the past 50 years, 20% of the Amazon – our planet’s lungs – has disappeared.
A future mass extinction
These human-driven changes are so extreme that scientists believe we may be facing a mass extinction event. The WWF report states that “Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during a mass extinction.”
This is not a good scenario to be in and it’s all our fault since according to the report, we are “responsible for releasing 100 billion tons of carbon into the Earth’s atmosphere every 10 years.” This needs to change or else there could be an urgent and irreversible threat to human societies and the planet.
All hope is not lost
The report written by the WWF is stressing the need for a “global deal for nature” like the Paris Climate Agreement. This agreement can set certain targets and possibly pull species back from the brink of extinction.
This is our responsibility because we are the first generation to have a clear picture of the value of nature and the serious situation we are currently facing. Our generation is the only one that could do something about it before all hope becomes lost.