One of my immediate family members (a doctor) worked as one of the top people at the World Wildlife Fund for years. I was fortunate enough to visit the international headquarters several times in Switzerland. I have mixed feelings on the organization but think they’re spot on when their report is out that in forty years we’ve lost 50% (yep HALF) of our wildlife here on the planet Earth.
Wildlife On Earth
I’ve never been to Greenland but if you click on the picture in ‘TheGuardian’ article that talks about the latest reports by WWF, you’ll see the startling amounts of garbage right in their beautiful bay not much different than the lead picture for this article (only worse!)
Granted, it’s not just garbage in the sea causing the demise in our precious ecosystem, but also factory farming, deforestation, overpopulation plus many other variables. It boils down to humankind messing with Mother Earth which she doesn’t much appreciate.
From the article on half of our wildlife gone in 40 short years
The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.
“If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is happening in the great outdoors. This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live.” He said nature, which provides food and clean water and air, was essential for human wellbeing.
“We have lost one half of the animal population and knowing this is driven by human consumption, this is clearly a call to arms and we must act now,” said Mike Barratt, director of science and policy at WWF. He said more of the Earth must be protected from development and deforestation, while food and energy had to be produced sustainably.
I find it ironic that I am often told that it’s smug to drive a Prius or electric car powered by solar, to have solar panels on the house and buy organic or (gasp!) even buy organic food. But I see nothing smug about wanting to keep the planet in good shape for our future generations and the miraculous wildlife we still have left on this planet. I’ll keep using organic cleaning products, organic lawn care, organic pest care (the owner eats the product every time he’s here to show us it’s food grade- and only uses D.E. and essential oils yet not a bug in site. I’ll keep setting an example and if that’s smug? Well I’d rather be smug than drive a gas guzzler and using toxic chemicals. Do the right thing. You’ll sure feel better about it when you do. Let’s ensure a greener planet for our children planet and animals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erin is an animal lover, rescuer, writer and long time green eco health nut. She’s survived Lyme, being aborted (legally) a severe vaccine injury, 22 hurricanes, a tornado that took their house and pets and a six hour surgery that might have saved her life. She’s worked in the natural health world and done volunteer work in the same arena for nearly 25 years. She has spent the last 5 years with her partner, Dr. Mercola. You can follow Erin Elizabeth on Facebook and subscribe to Health Nut Newsletter if you please.