Humans have caused wild animal populations to drop by 60% since 1970 according to WWF's Living Planet Report 2018
The long-term research analysed in the Living Planet Report 2018 shows that habitat loss, exploitation and agriculture has caused population sizes of wild animals to fall by 60 percent globally.
The Living Planet Report 2018, a collaboration between WWF and ZSL collates 20 years of extensive scientific research and explains that since 1970, the population sizes of wild animals have declined by an average of 60 per cent as a result of mass deforestation, polluted oceans, overexploitation and agriculture.
Birds, reptiles, mammals and fish are among the victims of this mass clearance, with humans destroying their habitats and ecosystems at an alarming rate.
“We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it,” says Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF.
“If we want a world with orangutans and puffins, clean air and enough food for everyone, we need urgent action from our leaders and a new global deal for nature and people that kick starts a global programme of recovery.”
The biennial report, now on its twelth edition, also explains that the rapid declines in habitats and wildlife will lead to the eventual fall of the human race itself.
There is now an increased pressure to act upon the damage humans are creating – scientists have warned that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event is well underway.
“The statistics are scary, but all hope is not lost,” says Professor Ken Norris, director of science at ZSL. “We have an opportunity to design a new path forward that allows us to co-exist sustainably with the wildlife we depend upon. Our report sets out an ambitious agenda for change.”