Only 3% of the ocean surface is still consideredwilderness. Only 2.9% of land on Earth is stilluntouched, while 75% has been severely altered.
Biodiversity loss is not just an ethical problem: our wellness and our wealth rely on healthy ecosystems. Natural resources can only remain resources if they are preserved and replenished. Biodiversity also provides countless benefits for humans:
More than 75% of crops partly depend on animal pollination
Significant medical and pharmacological discoveries are made through greater understanding of the earth's biodiversity
The 100,000 billion bacteria in our gut (10 times more than human cells!) are key to the functioning of our body
Oceans and plankton purify one third of our CO2 emissions
Of all the mammals on Earth, the biomass of the human population has grown to represent 36% while livestock bred for consumption has risen to 60%. Wild animals now only account for 4%.
Nature is very resilient: conservation experiments have shown that, as long as a species is not extinct, it can usually recover if we stop harming its ecosystem. By transforming our farming practices and protecting the environment, it’s not too late to change course.