Though nature has bestowed us with everything, human beings failed to pay it back and have been destroying nature. More than the climate change, it’s the decline in the natural world that’s posing a great threat to the planet.
Far less talked about but just as dangerous, if not more so, is the rapid decline of the natural world. Deforestation, the over-exploitation of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are the prime reasons posing a great threat to the living planet.
Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world species extinction and the degradation of ecosystems are proceeding rapidly and the pace is accelerating. The world is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1000 times faster than the natural extinction rate.
Mass extinctions of species have occurred five times previously in the history of the world – last time was 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs and many other species disappeared. Previous periods of mass extinction and ecosystem change were driven by global changes in climate and in atmospheric chemistry, impacts by asteroids and volcanism.
Now we are in the 6th mass extinction event, which is a result of a competition for resources between one species on the planet – humans – and all others. The process towards extinction is mainly caused by habitat degradation, whose effect on biodiversity is worsened by the ongoing human-induced climate change.
The scientists have been warning if this continues in the same way, the future generations will likely experience far less wildlife.