Biodiversity Loss

We are facing the sixth great extinction – one driven by humans. But you have the power to do something about it…

Our effect on our planet has been unnecessarily destructive.  In the last 40 years, we have lost some 60% of all animal and plant species on Earth.  Factors like deforestation, habitat fragmentation, the climate crisis, illegal wildlife trafficking, disease and human-wildlife conflict are driving species to extinction. At the same time, as we spread far and wide we have introduced species outside of their natural range, causing imbalance in ecosystems.

You can turn things around.

Nature is amazingly resilient. Species on the brink of extinction have been given a second chance. Right here you’ll find so many ways to help combat our negative impact and create a world where people, other animals and the environment exist in harmony.

What is biodiversity loss and what are invasive species?

We are fortunate to share the Earth with such a magnificent diversity of life forms, but Earth’s biodiversity is dwindling at an alarming rate. As we destroy habitats for human development, industrial agriculture and illegal wildlife trafficking continues we are causing species to disappear forever. We have also introduced species to areas of which they are not native, displacing or consuming resources and other native species.

In just over 100 years, the population of wild chimpanzees has dropped from an estimated one million to as few as 350,000 with little hope of long term survival. This is only one example of the decline – the same is evident in almost every species.  A 2017 study found that of the 27,600 land-based mammals, birds, amphibians and reptile species studied, nearly one-third are shrinking in terms of their population numbers and territorial ranges. The rate of extinction is happening at about 100 times faster than what would be expected from studies of the fossil record.

We have hope that there’s still a window of time to do something about it…that hope is you!

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We have a moral responsibility to protect the incredible life forms with which we share this planet for now and for future generations.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
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