2/3 of Wildlife Gone by 2020

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2/3 of Wildlife Gone by 2020

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/26/world/wild-animals-disappear-report-wwf/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/26/world/wild-animals-disappear-report-wwf/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/26/world/wild-animals-disappear-report-wwf/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/26/world/wild-animals-disappear-report-wwf/

Morgan Amos

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Imagine a world where most of the still existing animals are gone. This could soon be a reality for us if we don’t help and take action soon. According to CNN , since 1970, there has been a 58% overall decline in the number of fish, mammals, birds, and reptiles worldwide. If this information is accurate, that would mean wildlife across the world is vanishing by 2% each year.

WWF conservation scientist, Martin Taylor, tells CNN, “This is definitely human impact, we’re in the sixth mass extinction. There’s only been five before this and we’re definitely in the sixth.”

WWF made a living planet report for 2016. The terrestrial population has declined by 38%, the freshwater population has declined by 81%, and the marine population has a 6% decline.

This rapid extinction is blamed on habitual loss, over-exploitation of resources, pollution and climate change. The decline of animals isn’t just a threat to all animals, but also to humans as well. Without action, the earth will become much less hospitable for all of us.

Taylor also says, “Governments (need) to take action to halt the slow death of the planet because it isn’t just affecting wild species it’s affecting us too. This is a threat to our future as a species, what we’re doing to the planet. There’s a lot people can do even if they’re not wealthy or living in wealthy countries, such as using renewable energy, looking for certified sustainable products and most particularly talking to your members of parliament … saying you want strong environmental laws.”

As long as everyone does their part in helping to conserve wildlife, we will save millions of animals in the long run. Not many people are aware of the problems that our ecosystem faces everyday. As long as people are educated on the wildlife issues, I believe we can save the ecosystem in the future.

 

 

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