The Living Blue Planet Report is released every 2 years by the World Wild Life Fund, the report is a science based analysis on the impact of human activity on our planet. The report is produced alongside the Zoological society of London.
The focus of this years report is on the state and health of our planets oceans and the conclusions make for sobering reading.
Generally speaking the report highlights that there has been a 52% decline in marine vertebrae population since 1970, and a 74% decline since 1970 in certain species e.g. mackerel and tuna. The report also observes increase in pollution from shipping, erosion of habitat and notes that only around 3% of our oceans are being managed.
I could go on quoting the report, but its probably best if you read for yourself.Read the full Living Blue Planet Report from WWF
On a positive note, the report makes the link between our human population and the oceans (over 60% of the planet’s population lives on or near the coast), and further the report proposes long term solutions which might see us living in harmony with the marine species we share the planet with. For example the report suggests that we must preserve natures capital and proposes the introduction of more marine reserves to help achieve this, this includes the introduction of no catch zones to allow fish and marine populations to recover.
But the good news doesn’t stop with the recommendations of the WWF. Of course we can all make a difference here, simply by choosing to adopt a plant based diet we can contribute to a reduction in the decline being highlighted in this important piece of work by the World Wildlife Fund and the London Zoological Society.