Climate catastrophe is endangering wildlife, the report reveals. Due to biodiversity loss mass species extinction is inching nearer.

As the effects of human-induced climate change – from wildfires and hurricanes to drought and other disasters – spread across the planet, the biodiversity of the Earth is under massive threat.

The World Wildlife Fund recently released the Living Planet Report, which tracks the Earth’s biodiversity and the effects of the human population on monitored wildlife. If anyone was in doubt that we are in the midst of the sixth great extinction, then read this report. Its findings indicate a catastrophic 69% decline of monitored wildlife on the planet in the past 50 years. For Latin America, the number is even more devastating. The report shows a 94% drop in average population abundance, while freshwater species have fallen by 83%. These declines send a clear message: The lights are flashing red.

The report reads:

Today, we know that there are consequences. Some of them are already here – the loss of lives and economic assets from extreme weather; aggravated poverty and food insecurity from droughts and floods; social unrest and increased migration flows; and zoonotic diseases that bring the whole world to its knees.

As countries head to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), the pursuit of net-zero emission is perhaps never more critical to halt the slide into total climate catastrophe. This means more than just conservation and green energy, it means we need game-changing shifts in how we produce, consume and govern. It requires change to what we finance. The COP27 conference on biodiversity will bring the need for the deepest system changes into focus for what is arguably our greatest existential relationship – that with nature.

The world needs to be “nature-positive” and must bring changes to agriculture, fishing, forestry and infrastructure. It is not enough to merely halt the decline of natural abundance, it needs to be restored to a healthy balance.

As we begin to understand that we rely far more on nature than nature does on us, the time to act is now.

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