One million species are at risk of extinction

We have been losing biodiversity at a fast rate over the past 50 years, and it will likely take millions of years for Earth to recover from this Biodiversity Crisis.

Even insects, which are organisms we usually think of as resilient, are being negatively affected on a large scale. One study showed that 40 percent of insect species are in decline, known as the Insect Apocalypse.

Illegal Wildlife Trade is decimating species

The world is dealing with an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade. With the advent of the Internet opening up new doors for trade.

Over 1 million pangolins have been poached over the past decade, over 70 millions sharks are killed a year for their fins, and African Gray Parrots are being decimated in the wild due to the pet trade.

Ecosystem Collapse

Deforestation is occurring at an unprecedented rate due to conversion to agriculture such as palm oil and soy, or for other purposes such as logging and mining. Forests are essential for mitigating global warming and are homes to many species.

The oceans are in an even more dire situation, with 60% of fisheries fully-fished and 33% overfished. Some shark populations have declined over 90% over the past decades. Plastic is killing 100000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds annually.

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