Wildlife populations at its lowest (infographics)

Ivona Poljak

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Graphics of animal species decline since 1970s
Graphics of animal species decline since the 1970s/ Credit: Ivona Poljak

Food and energy demand is causing the decline of sky-high 58% in wildlife, according to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Carter Roberts, WWF President, and CEO said for Science Daily:

We created this problem. The good news is that we can fix it. It requires updating our approach to food, energy, transportation, and how we live our lives. We share the same planet. We rely on it for our survival. So we are all responsible for its protection.

Causes of terrestrial species decline/Credit: Ivona Poljak/Data Source: WWF
Causes of terrestrial species decline/Credit: Ivona Poljak/Data Source: WWF

For terrestrial animals, habitat loss is the biggest reason for their decline. Deforestation, unsustainable agriculture, logging, transportation, residential or commercial development, energy production and mining. All of these human activities are slowly chasing away certain species that cannot survive in the new environment.

The statistics are similar for freshwater species and marine animals, with habitat loss being the primary reason for their decline.

The report sheds light on how we need to change the ways we produce and consume. There is an urgency for a change in the way we as individuals and the society we live in functions.

WWF also offers a table of possible changes that could most efficiently shift the change for the better. By addressing social inequality and environmental degradation will be the way towards global paradigm shift toward living within safe Planetary Boundaries.

World Wildlife’s biggest goal is to save wildlife. The organization is focusing on populations of the most ecologically, economically and culturally important species in the wild. The community uses the best science available to create lasting solutions that benefit wild animals as well as the people with whom they share their habitats.

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Download the full WWF report here.

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