Strikingly beautiful images reveal 11 species currently fighting for survival
There is hope.
Those are the words of the WWF after a summer of scorching temperatures, raging wildfires and deadly droughts.
Climate change and the destruction of the natural environment is playing havoc with our planet – but the charity’s message is that there is still time to act.
‘Together we can stop the destruction of nature, secure a safer climate, and bring our world back to life,’ it says.
However, there is no time to lose.
Global wildlife population sizes have declined by 69% on average since 1970, with a quarter of UK mammals now at risk of extinction. In the plant world, 40% of species are at risk of disappearing, while the destruction of essential tropical rainforests continues apace.
Many believe the sixth mass extinction event is underway.
Across the world humanity is pulling together to show that the end of this chapter is not written, that those species at risk can flourish once again.
From soaring tiger populations and the return of beavers in London, to advances in tracing elusive species and restored coral reefs, nature is rebuilding. Not everywhere, but enough to keep the hope.
And with that in mind, the WWF has highlighted 11 more species that need our help to overcome the threat to their survival.
For more information, see WWF’s 2021 report Feeling the Heat: The fate of nature beyond 1.5°C of global warming
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