Wildlife populations have been declining since the 1970s and the world has lost more than 50% of its wildlife. If this continues with the same rate, in 2020 there will be a loss of 67% of wildlife populations. The factor that has the most impact in this wildlife lost is human activity.
Some of the other factors that influence the wildlife loss are pollution, deforestations, illegal trade, and overfishing. Experts mentioned that these factors are causing a lot of harm to the animals. They also mentioned that this is the second time, after the dinosaurs, when we experience a mass extinction of animals.
The report predicts that only 4 years from now more than 60% of the wildlife populations could disappear if nobody takes action and stops this. New improved measures need to be taken by states officials in order to stop the fishing and hunting, especially for the endangered species.
The fact that the human population is growing triggers the decline of the wildlife populations. This means that because there are more people there are also more hunters and fisherman. People tend to destroy habitats which lead to a decline in the wildlife populations.
“Human behavior continues to drive the decline of wildlife populations globally, with particular impact on freshwater habitats,” said Ken Norris, director of science at ZSL.
The conservations organizations advise people that if the wildlife loses any more of its populations, this is going to affect us too. They mentioned that the global food system is responsible for this problem and a solution must be found before it is too late for the animals.
The Living Planet report showed that the wildlife of the oceans and seas declined by 36% and on the land, the populations have declined by more than 38%. Only 30% of the wildlife populations are going to survive this mass extinction until 2030.
If people are the ones that caused this problem they are the ones that need to solve it. This is what every conservation organization says. They warned us that this is only going to get worse if nobody makes a change.
What is your opinion about the wildlife populations decline? Do you think that we are able to change this ?
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