WWF warns that overexploitation undermines the health of our common home - Earth


Mankind has wiped out 68% of the populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish in less than half a century, according to a new report by the conservation organization WWF "Living Planet" 2020. Scientists warn that the speed at which we exploit the Earth exceeds its ability to recover: as a result 3/4 of the land surface, which is not covered with ice, has already changed significantly, most of the oceans are polluted, and 85% of the wetland area has been lost.

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Biodiversity is disappearing at different rates in different parts of the world. The 94% drop is most striking in the tropics of South America. The main reasons for this are the transformation of grasslands, savannas, forests and wetlands, overexploitation and climate change. The report also concludes that freshwater biodiversity is declining much faster than in the oceans or forests: as wetlands shrink, their populations are disappearing by an average of 4% per year since the 1970s. According to scientists, life in freshwater bodies in Latin America and the Caribbean is most affected.


"Biodiversity loss is not just an environmental problem. This is also a problem of  development, economics, global security, ethics and morality. It's about our survival. Biodiversity plays a critical role in providing food, water, energy, medicines and other genetic materials, as well as in regulating climate, water quality, pollution and climate change. " - said WWF International CEO Marco Lambertini.

The Living Planet report, which is published every two years, shows that the most important direct driving force for land loss over the last few decades has been land use change and, above all, the conversion of natural habitats to agricultural land; while the main problem in the oceans is overfishing. Scientists expect the negative impact of the climate crisis to intensify in the coming decades. Almost 1/5 of wildlife is at risk of extinction by the end of the century just because of climate change, with the highest levels of threat expected in areas particularly rich in biodiversity.


"The way we produce our food, the way we generate energy, the blind neglect of nature in our current economic model, puts pressure on the environment and has catastrophic consequences. Kovid-19 is the natural result of our broken connection with nature, which clearly shows us that there is no health without a healthy planet. It is time to respond to the warning signal that nature sends us and begin to transform the world in a sustainable way. " - said the head of WWF Bulgaria Veselina Kavrakova.


That's why WWF has joined forces with its partners from Move.bg, Greenpeace and the Institute of Circular Economics, in the name of "Green restart" To Bulgaria. The coalition brought together more than 50 scientists, representatives of the non-governmental sector and business in the fields of green innovation, digital communication, climate and energy. They work together to offer the government ideas for a modern and successful economy that uses wisely and sparingly the resources provided to us by nature.


Let's not forget that positive change is possible and depends on each of us and our small actions in everyday life! Get involved with the promise of nature wwf.bg/zaplanetata!

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