According to a recently published report entitled “Living Planet Report 2016: Risk and resilience in a new era,” nearly two-thirds of the world’s wildlife population will disappear by the time 2020 comes around. This report was based on information provided by the Zoological Society of London’s Living Planet Index. They are an organization that keeps track of wildlife populations and their fluctuation in size.
The World Wildlife Fund was the target audience of this report. It featured an analysis of how the populations of more than 3,700 species have been in decline starting from 1970 and ending in 2012. The report specified there was a 58% decline in the population of these species between those years. This included all kinds of species such as amphibians, birds, fish, and mammals.
There was also an interesting statistic from the Global Footprint Network which was featured in the report. Supposedly, the amount of resources that human beings are using to produce its products and services is the equivalent of 1.6 planets. On top of that, many third world or underdeveloped countries aren’t even factored into this amount because they hardly use any of the resources. It’s the more developed countries like the United States and United Kingdom which drain a significant number of the Earth’s resources.
So, what does dying animals have to do with saving the Earth? Well, the agricultural production that comes from land would not be possible if it weren’t for the biodiversity of the environment created by nature. In other words, you cannot have healthy oceans, rivers, and forests if there are no living things in them. If you destroy the species that reside in these ecosystems, then all of the food, water, and clear air we get from them will no longer exist. Once this happens, the human race will start to die off as well.
We need to save the animals in order to protect the environment and prevent our own extinction.