You may want to consider adding a trip to another country or a zoo to your calendar because according to biologists, half of all species in the world could become extinct within the next 80 or so years.
Already, one in five species across the globe is already facing extinction, but that number could rise to 50 percent by the end of the century unless we humans combat climate change and decrease our growing population rate.
“The living fabric of the world is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of caring,” organizers of the Biological Extinction conference recently held at the Vatican said.
It’s not just above losing animals that look pretty or cool either. In fact, many of those at risk help to provide us with food and medicine. And we’re a huge factor of the problem.
“We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cellphones,” said biologist Paul Ehrlich. “We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event.”
Our population is making it worse too.
“If you look at the figures, it is clear that to support today’s world population sustainably – and I emphasise the word sustainably – you would require another half a planet to provide us with those resources,” said Ehrlich. “However, if everyone consumed resources at the US level – which is what the world aspires to – you will need another four or five Earths.”
Clearly, things need to change. But in the meantime, we’re at least still finding new species around!