ACCORDING to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we have killed out most of the world’s animals such as reptiles, mammals, fish, birds and amphibians in our insatiable need for progress and money.
Nine out of 10 of the world’s seabirds are thought to have plastic in their stomachs, while by 2050 only one 10th of the planet’s land will be free from human impact, according to the Living Planet Report 2018 and published on Sky News.
Wildlife populations in Latin America and the Caribbean have fallen 89% since 1970 and climate-warming carbon dioxide levels are estimated to be at their highest for 800,000 years. Even the UK is seeing the effects, with the puffin population falling as rising sea temperatures reduce the numbers of the sand eels they feed on.
Tanya Steele, WWF chief executive, said: “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.”