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Many people do not understand the extent to which we are destroying our planet, so are skeptical about the need to take action to protect it. But after reading these ten astonishing facts about our planet's status quo for environment, we think you will realise that something has to be done – urgently.
What are the facts about our planet's status quo?
1) Since 1970, Wildlife populations around the world have fallen by 58%. This means that more than half of the world’s wildlife populations have been lost in just 46 years. (Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2016)
2) In order to meet our current consumption patterns each year, we need the regenerative capacity of 1.6 earths. We are consuming far more than our earth can handle! (Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2016)
3) Every year, around 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped in the ocean. This number is on track to double by 2025. This is equivalent to 15 large garbage bags for every metre of coastline. (Source: WWF Living Blue Planet Report 2015)
4) Coral reefs are projected to completely disappear by 2050 as a result of climate change. Over 25% of all marine species depend on them, but as we continue to warm and acidify our oceans, they’ll diminish completely! (Source: Reviving Ocean Economy Report and WWF Living Blue Planet Report 2015 )
5) Fishing is causing the ocean’s animals to be wiped out. For example, Pacific Bluefin tuna numbers have decreased by more than 95%. (Source: FAO 2014 State of the worlds fisheries)
6) An area of forest equivalent to the size of 5 football pitches is lost every minute. A typical football pitch is around 48.5m by 109.1m. (Source: FAO 2015)
8) 2016 was the hottest year on record – and around 50% of the summer sea ice cover in the Arctic has already been lost. Still have doubts about whether climate change is real? (Source: NASA, Summer Arctic Sea Ice)
10) The dinosaurs were wiped out during the fifth mass extinction – and scientists say that our current actions are driving us towards a sixth mass extinction. Do you think we will survive the sixth mass extinction? Judging from these stats, it’s probably best for the planet that we don’t. (Source: Guardian)
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