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Apr

THE EARTH DAY: IT IS TIME TO REMEMBER AND PRAISE THE PLANET

 

The Earth Day is now a global event each year, and we believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.
It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures.

As an important reminder, here are some facts that everybody should be concerned about and should think about acting:

  • We are amidst the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years. Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily. Multiple species will disappear before we learn about them or the benefits they bring to our planet.
  • A new study has suggested that insect populations have decreased by more than 75% in Germany over the last 28 years. This is very alarming: 80% of wild plants rely on bees and other insects for pollination, and 60% of bird species rely on insects for food
  • Habitat destruction, exploitation, and climate change are driving the loss of half of the world’s wild animal population
  • Worldwide, more than 650,000 marine mammals are caught or seriously injured by fishing gear annually
  • Primates, our closest animal relatives, are under extraordinary threat. Close to 60% of the world’s 504 primate species are threatened with extinction, and 75% of our primate species are in severe population decline
  • In the past 2 decades, around 75% of all toothed whale species, such as dolphins, porpoises, and 65% of baleen whale species (humpback, blue), and 65% of pinniped species (sea lions) have been affected through bycatch in fishing operations globally
  • 40% of the world’s bird species are in decline, and 1 in 8 is threatened with global extinction
  • Big cats, including tigers, leopards, and cheetahs are in critical decline, and many will become extinct in the next decade. The world’s cats are exploited for their body parts and skins. China remains the world’s largest market for these critically endangered species along with the black rhino and other species
  • According to a recent nationwide survey, beekeepers in the United States lost 44% of their bees between 2015 and 2016. This is cause for alarm, as the percentage of losses keeps rising year after year
Think globally - act locally!

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