Why is biodiversity declining?

‘Extinction: the facts’ explores the Ecological Emergency, and how the decline in nature has impacts for us all.

The Climate Emergency gets a lot of coverage. Our greenhouse gas emissions are warming up the planet at unprecedented rates, leading to more extreme weather events, increased sea levels, drought, food insecurity and conflict.

The Ecological Emergency describes the decline in nature we have seen over the last 50 years. Biodiversity is not as healthy as it might seem. Although fundamental to our life, health and prosperity, it is being destroyed at an unprecedented rate.

Globally, extinction rates are way in excess of the average of the last 10 million years and still accelerating – with a million species now at threat. There has been a 60% decline in wildlife populations since 1970.

The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. We have an average of 50% of our nature left, far below the global average of 75%. The UK is in the bottom 10% globally for biodiversity.