Living Planet Report 2016 | WWF India

LIVING PLANET REPORT 2016

The future of the planet is in our hands. WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016 shows the scale of the challenge – and what we can do about it.

©: Bjorn Holland / Getty Images / WWF

WWF's Living Planet Report 2016

 

Faced with decline in global biodiversity, the world needs to re-think production systems and consumption patterns

READ MORE

URGENT ACTION NEEDED

Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, putting the survival of other species and our own future at risk. The latest edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report brings home the enormity of the situation - and how we can start to put it right. The Living Planet Index reveals that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles declined by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012. We could witness a two-thirds decline in the half-century from 1970 to 2020 – unless we act now to reform our food and energy systems and meet global commitments on addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity and supporting sustainable development.

© Joel W Rogers

ENTERING A NEW ERA

Human activities are pushing our planet into uncharted territory. In fact, there’s strong evidence that we’ve entered a new geological epoch shaped by human actions: “the Anthropocene”. The planet’s inhabitants – Homo sapiens included – face an uncertain future.

The loss of biodiversity is just one of the warning signs of a planet in peril. The Ecological Footprint – which measures our use of goods and services generated by nature – indicates that we’re consuming as if we had 1.6 Earths at our disposal. In addition, research suggests that we’ve already crossed four of nine “Planetary Boundaries” – safe thresholds for critical Earth system processes that maintain life on the planet.

Donate to WWF

Your support will help us build a future where humans live in harmony with nature.