A startling statistic was included in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) biannual Living Planet Report, which was published earlier this month.
It stated that since 1970, the numbers of monitored wildlife, specifically mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians, have decreased globally by an average of 69%. These reports serve as a reminder that while maintaining conservation efforts is important, reversing wildlife declines would necessitate a much broader and all-encompassing strategy. This will entail altering our energy production and food production methods. Those changes seem like a difficult task. True, transformations are not quick or seamless. Before anything else, however, we must make the changes that are necessary for human health, safety, and well-being as well as the restoration of wildlife. The Zoological Society of London’s Living Planet Index (LPI), a set of statistics, is the source of the frightening findings in the Living Planet Report. The LPI incorporates abundance data from more than 32,000 vertebrate populations, representing more than 5,000 species. About 70% of the reduction in biodiversity on land can be attributed to food production, another significant driver of wildlife decline. Additionally, 70% of the water used by people for their activities is used for food production, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture.