Here we go again. The same old headlines from a bunch of greeny, tree-huggers moaning about the end of the world. Is that how the world saw the latest report from WWF, reported widely in the media? That humanity had wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish since only the 1970s. For many of us this was a shocking and frightening figure, general as it was. Despite how well we are doing in Dorset in so many ways, it was terrible to see that the UK was 189th worst for biodiversity loss out of 219 countries. No wonder Environment Minister Gove wants and needs to take action, starting with agriculture and fisheries.
Put in context this is the 6th mass extinction the world has seen and the first to be caused by a single species – humans. Even from now, it would take the world up to 7 million years to recover. The Living Planet report is full of devastating facts: an 89% decline in species in South and Central America since 1970; an 83% decline in the freshwater species index; 6 billion tonnes of fish removed from the sea since 1950 and pretty much replaced with 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics.