A recent report by WWF (World Wildlife Federation) and ZSL (Zoological Society London) has raised alarms as it reveals a crisis among the wildlife population. This report states that a 69% decline has been seen across different ecosystems around the globe in the past 50 years. Freshwaters have suffered the most a staggering 83% dip was observed. A decline of 66% and 55% have been noticed in Africa and the Asia Pacific respectively. WWF is also worried about this major decline of life in the tropical forests; Home to the most diverse species of wildlife on our planet.
This report has caused a lot of stir among international wildlife communities. Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, said: “We face the double emergencies of human-induced climate change and biodiversity loss, threatening the well-being of current and future generations.” The report suggests that the driving factors behind this decline in wildlife populations are climate change, habitat destruction, exploitation, pollution, the introduction of evasive species, and disease.
Scientists believe this to be the sixth mass extinction. Coming after the extinction of dinosaurs. The highest intelligent being; humans keep on clearing the forests and polluting the atmosphere at an industrial scale. Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF-UK, said:” The climate and nature crises, their fates entwined, are not some faraway threat our grandchildren will solve with still-to-be-discovered technology.” Indeed, we are at the edge of the very thing we should aim to solve survival and endurance of life on earth.
We, humans, have damaged our planet. we have polluted the environment to a stage beyond recovery. Clearing forests to make homes while destroying the homes of thousands of species. We try to drink clean water, on the other hand, spill all our industrial pollutants into the water damaging the ecosystem with the highest amount of life. Now is the time to change or it will be too late and our next generation will suffer. Stopping carbon emissions, forestation, and renewable energy sources should be the new way if we want this planet to be the home for every kind of living thing.