The World Wide Fund for Nature’s 2016 “Living Planet Report” has revealed that by 2020, the world will have lost two-thirds of its animals from what it had in 1970.
Between 1970 and 2012, the global animal population has gone down by 58 percent and with the way things are going, this percentage is expected to rise to 67 percent in the next four years.
The report used the Living Planet Index, which "measures biodiversity by gathering population data of various vertebrate species and calculating an average change in abundance over time."
Most of this impact is due to the negligence of humans and their irresponsible activities such as hunting, pollution and exploitation of species and natural resources.
"Increasingly people are victims too of the deteriorating state of nature," the report claimed. "Living systems keep the air breathable and water drinkable, and provide nutritious food. To continue to perform these vital services they need to retain their complexity, diversity and resilience."
The increased dependence and use of natural resources since the mid-20th century is endangering the key environmental systems our existence depends upon. Thus, people today face a challenge to to preserve natural resources, instead of exploiting them. While we take what we need, we must make sure to give back our fair share to the environment.
It is about time people stepped forward and acted responsibly to save the only habitable planet we have.