The Theft of Biodiversity

Species are dying out at a rate not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs, according to a report published today – and human behaviour is to blame. The Independent

Yes, the human footprint is to blame according to the Living Planet Index.  The report, produced by WWF, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Global Footprint Network said that . . . while nature continues to decline, WWF research from 2006 concluded that we are now globally consuming about 25% more natural resources than the planet can replace in each year.

According to the report, wildlife and natural ecosystems are under pressure in every region of the world and the researchers identified five main threats. 

The five main threats are:

  1. Exploitation
  2. Pollution
  3. Habitat loss
  4. The spread of invasive species
  5. Climate change

And the perpetrator is:

  1. Humans.

Yes, the ultimate drivers of these threats are . . . you and me and our human demands on the biosphere. 

The huge loss of biodiversity, as explained in the report, holds implications on many levels and James Leape, WWF’s director general, sums it up perfectly.  The message is clear for all to see:

“No one can escape the impact of biodiversity loss because reduced global diversity translates quite clearly into fewer new medicines, greater vulnerability to natural disasters and greater effects from global warming.

I guess there’s nothing really new in this information . . . nothing that we aren’t already aware of to some level or other . . . but having it expertly acknowledged and explained will surely help us to face the challenge and reach beyond our superficial needs.

It would be to the benefit of all life on this bountiful planet if humans were to conserve the world’s biodiversity, not devour it.  


4 responses to this post.

  1. As we have seen here in this blog there are still people who are sceptical about this proved threat to our survival, that’s the snag we have to deal with. Humans are actually those who are ruining the planet, but in their defence I must say that they have been led in that direction by their leaders and the ever present publicity.

    When the big majority of us come to decide which is the right way to go, then perhaps we’ll have chances of fighting off the every day nearer destruction of our environment.


  2. Jose, the minority on this planet want it all. And they take it all, regardless of the fact that they’re stealing other people’s share.


  3. We’re in this awful mess because we’ve used technology to adapt, and adapt to, our environment and artifically increase its carrying capacity at the expense of everything else we share the planet with. Just about the only species that isn’t threatened with extinction is the human race. Whatever happens, there’ll aways be someone with the ingenuity, resourcefulness and determination to survive, at some level. What other species manage to survive with us is anyone’s guess.


  4. Yes, spot on Pete.

    Survival is an instinct after all. I still wonder if it will come down to the survival of the fittest or whether our survival will depend upon cooperation with each other. Every man for himself or no man is an island?


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