When given the choice of which news to start with, we’ll start with the bad and hope we leave you encouraged after seeing the good…
WILDLIFE – THE BAD NEWS
To put it quite bluntly, human over-consumption has led to the extinction of over two-thirds of the global animal, bird and fish populations… in just the last 50 years. This is truly disturbing.
“The Living Planet Index, which tracks more than 4,000 species of vertebrates, warned that increasing deforestation and agricultural expansion were the key drivers behind a 68 percent average decline in populations between 1970 and 2016.”
WILDLIFE – THE GOOD NEWS
Fortunately, there is some good news when it comes to our impact on wildlife.
The choices we make matter.
The 1993 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has demonstrated that conservation is a choice that really works.
“Up to 48 bird and mammal extinctions have been prevented by conservation efforts since a global agreement to protect biodiversity, according to a new study.”
“The Iberian lynx, California condor and pygmy hog are among animals that would have disappeared without reintroduction programmes, zoo-based conservation and formal legal protections since 1993, research led by scientists at Newcastle University and BirdLife International found.”
“The study, published in the journal Conservation Letters, estimates that extinction rates for birds and mammals would have been three to four times higher over that period, which was chosen because 1993 is when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came into force.”
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