By Shaun Britton
A Damning Assessment of our Impact on the Planet
Photo by Akil Mazumder
A recent report from the WWF reveals we have decimated almost 60% of wildlife since the 1970s. It carries a stark warning for the future, and it isn't alone. In an age bombarded by damning ecological revelations of our global footprint, could a change in the way we approach animals and nature be our salvation?
Crisis Of Our Time: 12 Years To Change Course.
2018’s ‘Living Planet Report’ from the WWF, follows swiftly in the footsteps of the UN’s IPCC report, another startling proclamation that we have only 12 years to curb our climate levels and prevent catastrophe.
As the executive summary in the WWF report concludes: “We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and our impact on it. We may be the last that can take action to reverse this trend”.
Like characters in a dystopian science fiction novel, we find ourselves peering over the horizon to a future unable to sustain us, and the beings with which we share this delicate world.
The message seems clear; if we are to continue, we cannot continue as we are. The causes for this decimation are laid firmly at the feet of humanity in the WWF report, with over-exploitation, agriculture and land conversion the prime culprits.