Humanity has managed to wipe out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970- that’s 4000 species!
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned in a damning new report that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that literally threatens civilisation.
“This is far more than just being about losing the wonders of nature, desperately sad though that is,” said their spokesman. “This is actually now jeopardising the future of people. Nature is not a ‘nice to have’ – it is our life-support system.”
“If there was a 60% decline in the human population, that would be equivalent to emptying Europe, China, Oceania, Africa and North and South America. Scary isn’t it?
Nature’s destruction of is as dangerous as climate change.
Destruction of natural habitats is the biggest cause of wildlife loss, much of it to create farmland. Three-quarters of all land on Earth is now significantly affected by human activities. Food is the next biggest cause – 300 mammal species are being eaten into extinction – while the oceans are being decimated through over fishing.
We’re as guilty as any nation for land clearing
The proportion of the planet’s land that is free from human impact is projected to drop from a quarter to a tenth by 2050, as habitat removal, hunting, pollution, disease and climate change continue to spread, the organization added.
This crisis is “unprecedented in its speed, in its scale and because it is single-handed,” said Marco Lambertini, the WWF’s director general. “It’s mindblowing… We’re talking about 40 years. It’s not even a blink of an eye compared to the history of life on Earth.”
The report also found that 90 percent of seabirds have plastics in their stomachs, compared with 5 percent in 1960, while about half of the world’s shallow-water corals have been lost in the past three decades.
The group has called for an international treaty, modelled on the Paris climate agreement, to be drafted to protect wildlife and reverse human impacts on nature.
So, why am I sharing this with you?
The whole point of RV’ing, be it in Australia, Europe or USA, is the freedom to explore our natural wonders and interact with wildlife at a multitude of places away from our crowded cities.
We are blessed in Australia with a small population living in a huge continent, yet we continue to destroy our environment as much as any other nation.
With the explosion in demand for RV’s also comes demand for places to stay, purchase supplies and fuel even in remote areas. This results in habitat being destroyed to build campsites, roads and shopping centres, and let’s not forget waste disposal!
We are part of this global crisis. Our habits could be improved.
Hudson’s & I ask that all RV’ers set an example wherever possible. Be aware of your carbon and eco impact. Encourage others to keep our free camps & national parks clean and ensure all waste is disposed of properly.
When out in nature ‘leave only footprints’
If we don’t then we will be the last generation to enjoy this lifestyle and environment.
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Chad and his partner are veteran caravaners. (10 years into a 2-year trip around Australia!). A published author and adventurer.
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