“The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy,
to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation.”
Gus Speth

Man’s impact on the Earth’s environment is now having a devastating effect on the other inhabitants of the planet.  We have degraded the biodiversity of the planet to the point that the Earth’s vegetation has been cut in half losing 20 percent of the original biodiversity.  Up to 70% of the Earth’s land has been altered by humans; 700 animal and 600 plant extinctions have occurred. And since 1970, 60% of all land animals have disappeared.

Many reports have been published that provide an insight in to our current legacy:

While we can’t all be conservation scientists, if we want to reverse our current path, it is helpful to know some of the facts:

  1. The snapshots of consumption worldwide from the WWF Living Planet Report
  2. The Key messages from from the IPBES Report (pages 10 to 19)
  3. The scale of environmental crime (page 93) from the WCO Illicit Trade Report – which states “Millions of specimens from all species of fauna and flora are massacred each year for a profit estimated at $91- 258 billion USD per year, an amount that is, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), growing at 2-3 times the pace of the global economy. This makes environmental crime the fourth largest criminal endeavor in the world, following drug trafficking, counterfeiting and trafficking in human beings.”

In the coming months Active for Animals will share what we learn about the key reasons why we need to take action now.