Extinction Rebellion Reacts To 2019 Global Assessment on Biodiversity

(Red Revolution) – Extinction Rebellion has said that the ecological crisis and fight against the mass extinction is just as dangerous to the planet as climate change, supporting findings from the UN IPBES 2019 Global Assessment on Biodiversity and saying that “the report delivers a stark message that humanity is engaged in the mass annihilation of other species with whom we share our home.

Issuing a statement yesterday following the UN Report, the activist group has said that too much of the political focus in recent weeks has surrounded the issues of greenhouse gases and climate change, with the ecological fight being just as desperate.

Learn More – UN Global Assessment On Biodiversity: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2019/05/nature-decline-unprecedented-report/

Dr Alison Green, National Director (UK) Scientists Warning and spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said that the report was “damming… shaming and shocking” and that “little or no progress has been made towards halting extinctions, loss of habitat or restoration of ecosystems.

“We must radically transform the ways in which we live with nature and to do so will require evidence-based and science-led interventions by the public, the private sector and the government. Human behaviours, including our reliance on degenerative as opposed to regenerative practices, manifest in land use change, which is the major cause of what is now a rapidly accelerating loss of biodiversity. The failures to make progress show that it is our collective duty now to reject complacent and inadequate responses and to rebel. The future of all life is at stake.”

Lorna Greenwood, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said that humanity “must accept that we can’t go on as we are” and that it was time to “rethink how we grow food, travel and look after the countryside.

It may mean hard choices but the rewards are enormous. Within our lifetime we could see nature restored and our children’s future secured. The alternative is not an option. We have no choice but to rebel until our world is healed.

Lorna Greenwood, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion

Last week the British government became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency after two weeks of protests around London that raised pressure and awareness on the issue, Extinction Rebellion winning the backing of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

Extinction Rebellion has stated that their key demands are the declaration of a climate emergency, the government acting to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 and the creation of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

Executive Summary of Report:

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This article was originally published by Red Revolution Media on May 7th 2019. It was republished, with permission, through a mutually agreed upon publishing partnership between Rogue Media and Red Revolution. Formatting edits, video, and pdf were added/embedded by Rogue Media Labs.

WWF Releases Living Planet Report 2018, Chronicling Humanities Devastating Impact on The Earths Environment

Humanity and the way we feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies is pushing nature and the services that power and sustain us to the brink,” says the Word Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in a newly released report this week. Officially entitled the “Living Planet Report 2018: Aiming Higher, ” incorporating research from almost 40 universities, conservations and intergovernmental organizations, the 75 document chronicles the effects of human activity/development on the worlds natural landscape over the course of the last 6 decades. Unfortunately, what they found was rather unsettling.

For example, some of the key findings from their research concluded that :

  • Worldwide, populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, declined in size by 60% over the course of the last 40 years. 89% of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians have been killed off in Central/South America alone over the same time, the single greatest population decline of any region on the globe.
  • There has been an 83% decline/reduction in freshwater species since 1970.
  • The Earth is estimated to have lost about 50% of its shallow water corals in the past 30 years.
  • 6 billion tonnes of fish and invertebrates have been taken/eaten out of the worlds oceans since 1950.
  • 20% of the Amazon rain forest has been cut down or destroyed over the last 50 years.
  • Only 25% of the Earth’s combined landmass remains classified as undeveloped by human activity in 2018 – estimated to decline to 10% by 2050.
  • The recent decline of the worlds bee population represents the single greatest threat to soil biodiversity and crop production.
  • Including energy resources, clean water, food, medicines and more, global corporations now make on average $125 trillion dollars a year exploiting natural resources.

Download Full Report Here: https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/publications/1187/files/original/LPR2018_Full_Report_Spreads.pdf?1540487589

Hope is not lost” however, states representatives at the World Wildlife Fund. Citing the Sustainable Development Goals project from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the WWF believes that we are reaching a critical turning point in human history – a time of change. Researchers hope to use their latest findings as an alarm bell of sorts, calling on world leaders to be more pro-active in the future. By the year 2020, the WWF hopes to have a new set of internationally recognized/enforced set of standards, procedures and protocols in place regulating global misconduct when it comes to the Earth’s environment. It is their hope that starting in the very near future, within the next 1-2 years, we can start reversing the trends of the last 6 decades and propel the Earth into a new age of sustainable development, utilizing Earths natural free energy for the benefit of all mankind, rather than exploiting it for financial corporate gain.

Full Study from WWF:

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