The human population is increasing so fast with the passages of time. With increasing population, their activities are also at the peak. Human activity is threatening 1 million species with extinction. The World’s human population has doubled since 1970 with urban areas more than doubling since 1992.
The effect on the natural world has been catastrophic. We have cut down forests on a massive scale for food and fuel. Between 1980 and 2000, 100 million hectares of tropical forest were lost, mostly to build cattle farms and palm oil plantations.
Human Activity Threatens 1 Million Species
More than a third of the World’s land is now devoted to crop and livestock as well as almost 75% of fresh water with 70% of all farming related to meat production. Plastic pollution has increased tenfold since 1980. 300-400 million tonnes of heavy metals, toxic sludge, and other industrial wastes are dumped annually into the World’s water.
Greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since 1980 and fertilizers entering coastal ecosystems have produced more than 400 ocean dead zones.
So what’s the Impact on Species?
40% of amphibian species are at risk. A third of marine mammals are threatened. Only 3% of the oceans are free from human influences and the abundance of species in most land-based habits has fallen by at least 20%.
Scientists have just completed the largest-ever study on the natural world, showing it’s being damaged hundreds of times faster than average over the last 10 million years.
Well, it’s not too late, we can commit to immediate and transformative change