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LIVING PLANET REPORT 2020

IT'S TIME TO REBUILD OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE

WHAT IS THE LIVING PLANET REPORT?

The LPR, WWF’s flagship publication released every two years (since 1998), is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. By providing an overview of the state of the natural world, human impacts and potential solutions, it aims to support governments, communities, businesses and organizations to make informed decisions on valuing, using and protecting nature and the planet’s resources.

Through the Living Planet Index (LPI), provided by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), pioneering Bending the Curve modelling, and sections written by more than 125 experts from around the world, the report shows us the urgent need for humanity to take unprecedented conservation action and make transformational changes to the way we produce and consume food if we’re to have a chance of stabilizing and reversing the loss of nature. It underscores the need for a global New Deal for Nature and People with clear, ambitious goals, to see us on the path to recovery by 2030.

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LIVING PLANET REPORT 2020

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The 2020 Living Planet Index shows an average 68% decline in global vertebrate species populations - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish - in less than half a century. In the Asia Pacific the decline stands at 45%.

  • Freshwater species populations have crashed by 84% on average since 1970. Freshwater species populations are being lost faster than terrestrial or marine species. According to the IUCN almost 1/3rd of freshwater species are now threatened with extinction.

  • The main cause of the dramatic decline in species populations on land observed in the LPI is habitat loss and degradation, including deforestation, driven by how we as humanity produce food.

  • The 2020 Living Planet Report underlines how humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts not only on wildlife populations but also on human health and all aspects of our lives.

  • Diseases like COVID-19 are one of the many connections between the health of people and the planet. How humanity chooses to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and address the looming threats from global environmental change, will influence the health and livelihoods of generations to come.

  • Research shows the world could start to stabilize and reverse the loss of nature by embracing bolder, more ambitious conservation efforts as well as making transformational changes in the way we produce and consume food, such as making food production and trade more efficient, reducing waste, and favouring healthier and more sustainable diets.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

TAKE ACTION FOR THE PLANET

♦ Make sustainable choices - whether this be using less plastic, curbing your food waste or opting for eco-friendly and sustainably-sourced products, your choice can make an impact.

♦ Speak up as a consumer and as a citizen - use your voice to encourage businesses and governments to shift to more sustainable policies and practices.

♦ Spread the word - encourage your family and friends to join you as you show how much you care for our planet.

Together, we can be the generation that changes our relationship with the planet, for the better.

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