Our key takeaway: In its latest report, which delves into 32,000 species populations (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians), WWF shows us how mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians are responding to pressures in their environment. The answer is: the figures speak for themselves. We have seen a decrease of 69% of wildlife populations in the past 50 years (between 1970 and 2018). WWF rings the alarm bell: “Code red for the planet (and humanity).” We have absolutely no time to waste to start to tackle the loss of biodiversity, especially since nature’s decline is intrinsically linked with climate change. The ‘nature positive by 2030’ goal is more critical than ever, as is a whole-of-society approach to achieve the transformational change needed.
WWF has published its Living Planet Report 2022 (October 2022) which “is WWF’s most comprehensive study to date of trends in global biodiversity and the health of our planet”: