This month saw widespread global media coverage of WWF’s latest Living Planet Report, which provides vital evidence about the health of our planet.
This year’s report, developed in partnership with the Zoological Society of London, showed that there has been a two-thirds decline on average in many populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish over less than half a century. It also highlighted how humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts not only on wildlife but also on all aspects of our lives. This includes contributing to the emergence of COVID-19 and other zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans. WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini said: “In the midst of a global pandemic, it is now more important than ever to take unprecedented and coordinated global action to halt and start to reverse the loss of biodiversity and wildlife populations across the globe by the end of the decade, and protect our future health and livelihoods. Our own survival increasingly depends on it.” Join the growing movement of people committed to taking action.