Mass Extinction

 
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Fact 1:

If we don't change, near-term mass extinction is inevitable! Between 1970 and 2010, we lost 52% of the Earth's wild animals. We lost 58% between 1970 and 2012. At that rate of decline, 100% of them will be gone by 2026, unless we change!

Clarification:

Human beings are extraordinary super-predators. If we want to kill wild animals, we have access to superior technologies and tools to find them and kill them. Such tremendous power over animals comes with extraordinary repercussions and one of those is near-term mass extinction, if we don't restrain ourselves.

Let's face it. The Earth's wild animals are not dying on their own. We have seen countless instances where if we leave them alone, they thrive. No, the Earth's wild animals are dying because we are killing them. We kill them if they harm any of our farmed animals. We kill them to make room for more of our farmed animals. Or we kill them to eat them. As our voracious appetites grow, they die off faster and faster.

As of 2012, we were losing wild animals at an additional rate of 3% per year. If just that rate of decline continues unimpeded, we will wipe them off the face of the Earth by 2026! This is an extraordinary catastrophe that calls for an extraordinary response. Hence, at Climate Healers, we are striving for a Vegan World by 2026!

No compromises. No excuses. The animals deserve nothing less than our absolute commitment to this objective.

Let's get to work and make it happen.

References:
The statistic that 52% of the biomass of wild vertebrates disappeared between 1970 and 2010 comes from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)  Living Planet Report (LPR) of 2014. This statistic was compiled using a comprehensive survey of thousands of representative vertebrate species - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish over the course of 40 years. Here is the actual quote from the report:

Population sizes of vertebrate species—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish—have declined by 52 percent over the last 40 years. In other words, those populations around the globe have dropped by more than half in fewer than two human generations.
— WWF Living Planet Report 2014

In the WWF Living Planet Report of 2016, the same statistic was reported to be 58% between 1970 and 2012. Here in the words of the WWF,

Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, putting the survival of other species and our own future at risk... The Living Planet Index reveals that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles declined by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012.
— WWF Living Planet Report 2016

It is clear that if this rate of decline is maintained in a Business-as-Usual consumption scenario, even with just a linear extrapolation, we will lose 100% of these populations by 2026! Hence it is imperative that we act and act urgently!

Fact 2:

Currently, mass species extinction is occurring at 1000-10000 times the background extinction rate! Amphibians are the worst affected as they are disappearing at 25,000-45,000 times the background rate.

References:

Current mass extinction rate is discussed in:

Chivian, E. and A. Bernstein (eds.)  2008. Sustaining life: How human health depends on biodiversity. Center for Health and the Global Environment. Oxford University Press, New York.

The extinction rate of amphibians was calculated here:

McCallum, Malcolm L. 2007. Amphibian decline or extinction? Current declines dwarf background extinction rate. Journal of Herpetology 41(3): 483–491. Copyright Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.