The Sixth Extincton
Biodiversity in Crisis: Agriculture & Over-Exploitation the Biggest Threats
© 2016, Plant Based Living Initiative
T he World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) most recent Living Planet Report, entitled 'Aiming higher', has been released and it is clear that the next few years will be critical in terms of helping to bend the curve of biodiversity loss.
Our impact on the living world has increased species' extinction rates to as much as 1000 times the background rate. The main culprits are agriculture and over-exploitation.
In our summary video below we present the sobering takeaway messages from the WWF report.
We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and the grave situation we are facing. We may also be the last generation that can do something about it. We all have a role to play in reversing the loss of nature – but time is running out. Between now and 2020 we have a unique opportunity to influence the shape of global agreements and targets on biodiversity, climate and sustainable development – for a positive future for nature and people.
Living Planet Report 2018: Aiming Higher, WWF
Author: Jono Drew
Founder, Plant-Based Living Initiative
November 28, 2018
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The global index, calculated using available data for all species and regions, shows an overall decline of 60% in the population sizes of vertebrates between 1970 and 2014 (figure 20) – in other words, an average drop of well over half in less than 50 years.
Biodiversity in Crisis /
The Living Planet Report 2018: