Call for ac­tion to halt wildlife de­cline

Wor­ry­ing re­port prompts chal­lenge to pub­lic

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HOT on the heels of the pub­li­ca­tion of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Liv­ing Planet Re­port 2016, ZSL (Zoo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Lon­don) will be host­ing two events, chal­leng­ing guests to ex­plore and tackle the trends re­vealed by this ground-break­ing anal­y­sis of the state of global wildlife.

Ac­knowl­edged as the world’s sin­gle most com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of the health of our planet, the Liv­ing Planet Re­port 2016 – based on data from both or­gan­i­sa­tions – re­veals global ver­te­brate pop­u­la­tions (fish, birds, mam­mals, am­phib­ians and rep­tiles) are on a course to de­cline by a dev­as­tat­ing av­er­age of 67% from 1970 lev­els by 2020, un­less ur­gent ac­tion is taken to re­duce hu­man­ity’s im­pact on species and ecosys­tems.

ZSL is call­ing on the pub­lic to step up to this chal­lenge and dis­cover how their in­di­vid­ual ac­tions can make a dif­fer­ence.

A free pub­lic evening event was due to be hosted yes­ter­day (Tues­day) at ZSL Lon­don Zoo – ‘Can I pro­tect the planet? How our daily de­ci­sions im­pact global bio­di­ver­sity de­cline’ – will bring to­gether a panel of speak­ers to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions of the WWF Liv­ing Planet Re­port’s find­ings.

Ex­plor­ing top­ics in­clud­ing whether in­di­vid­ual con­sumer choices can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence, or if con­certed gov­ern­ment ac­tion is the only so­lu­tion for slow­ing cur­rent rates of de­cline in the nat­u­ral world, au­di­ence mem­bers can also at­tend a three-course din­ner with pan­el­lists fol­low­ing the de­bate.

A one-day sci­en­tific sym­po­sium on Tues­day Novem­ber 29 – ‘The Liv­ing Planet Re­port 2016: Threats, pres­sures and ad­dress­ing chal­lenges’ – will ex­plore the trends un­earthed by the WWF Liv­ing Planet Re­port in more depth. Threats to bio­di­ver­sity in­clud­ing habi­tat degra­da­tion, hu­man pop­u­la­tion growth, in­va­sive species and il­le­gal wildlife trade will be dis­sected by sci­en­tists from ZSL’s In­sti­tute of Zo­ol­ogy, along­side speak­ers from Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, WWF and the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum among oth­ers.

For in­for­ma­tion on ZSL sci­en­tific events, please visit www.zsl.org/ science/whats-on

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