UN report says nature is in worst shape in human history

Trees and shrubs being removed in Orchard Park due to A14 road widening, April 2019

Taken directly from the Associated Press website: “Nature is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday in the United Nations’ first comprehensive report on biodiversity.

It’s all because of humans, but it’s not too late to fix the problem, the report said.

Species loss is accelerating to a rate tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past, the report said. More than half a million species on land “have insufficient habitat for long-term survival” and are likely to go extinct, many within decades, unless their habitats are restored. The oceans are not any better off.

Conservation scientists from around the world convened in Paris to issue the report, which exceeded 1,000 pages. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) included more than 450 researchers who used 15,000 scientific and government reports. The report’s summary was approved by representatives of all 109 nations.”

From the IPBES press release: “To increase the policy-relevance of the Report, the assessment’s authors have ranked, for the first time at this scale and based on a thorough analysis of the available evidence, the five direct drivers of change in nature with the largest relative global impacts so far. These culprits are, in descending order: (1) changes in land and sea use; (2) direct exploitation of organisms; (3) climate change; (4) pollution and (5) invasive alien species.

Despite progress to conserve nature and implement policies, the Report also finds that global goals for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability cannot be met by current trajectories, and goals for 2030 and beyond may only be achieved through transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors.

The Ten Thousand Strong Throng 22.09.18 #PeoplesWalkforWildlife

Ten Thousand People walking for wildlife down Whitehall

Photo credit: @LukeDrayPhoto/@WoodlandTrust

As Chris Packham worked with artists and designers to create the heart image above, he said he wanted it to be “filled with life and the message not a suggestion but a command. Because if we don’t LOVE LIFE. ALL LIFE then we are in big trouble.”

On Saturday 22 September 2018, 10,000 people took part in Chris Packham’s People’s Walk for Wildlife to show we love our wildlife.

You probably didn’t know anything about the march. The BBC, and ITV chose not to cover this important, all good news story. The Independent (click here for video footage), Sky News (click here), the Guardian (click here) and London Evening Standard (click here) did. There’s a lot of coverage on Twitter too #PeoplesWalkforWildlife

As we gathered, there were songs and talks – infotainment from prominent wildlife presenters. The ‘Ministers’ that wrote the Manifesto shared their expertise and passion, and young ambassadors for wildlife roused the crowd.

We set off from Reformers Tree in Hyde Park to Downing Street, to deliver the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife by Chris Packham et al. to Number 10. It rained most of the day, we were sodden and soggy, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We marched or wheeled to the sound of birdsong playing from our phones. It was a fantastic, joyous, hopeful, and energising day. People do care. That’s important to hold onto, especially for when, as happens on some occasions in Orchard Park, our efforts feel a little bit futile.

OPWP will be taking the ideas from the Manifesto and promoting action in OP – for a summary of ideas you can do easily, see our blog post from last week: Ending the War on Wildlife. A People’s Manifesto For Wildlife, Draft One, Chris Packham et al.

  • Are there particular wildlife themed activities you’d like to see in Orchard Park?
  • Are their barriers to you getting involved?
  • What would encourage you to get involved in taking steps to help our lovely, local, diverse, urban wildlife?

Please do let us know 🙏

To download the full People’s Manifesto for Wildlife, click here: http://www.chrispackham.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Peoples-Manifesto-Download.pdf

Let your Environment Minister know how important wildlife conservation is to you.  Download the Love Life Postcard , print it out and post it. It is pre-addressed to our Environment Minister and includes a message. Simply sign, add a stamp and post.