If you’ve been anywhere near the internet or a TV over the last 24 hours then you’ve probably seen the news that Harry and Meghan Markle have had their long awaited baby. What you may not have read was the UN report proving that around 1 million plants and animals now face extinction due to humans.
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Around the time that news was breaking of Meghan and Harry’s child’s birth, the UN published a report which implies that the world should be on alert about the possibility of around a million species of animals and plants going extinct in 10-20 years.
The UN website states: ‘This [study] suggests that around one million species “already face extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken to reduce the intensity of drivers of biodiversity loss”.’
The study features work from around 400 biodiversity experts worldwide from at least 50 different countries. However, as opposed to taking the world by storm, this report seems to have fallen by the wayside in comparison to the news of Harry and Meghan’s first child being born. Now, I’m completely excited about the birth of the new baby, but the findings in the UN report are too horrific to not be heeded as we’re at risk of losing a million species of wildlife – and not enough people seem to know.
Some papers have thankfully given the news the coverage it deserves prompting this tweet from @Team4Nature:
Now, obviously this isn’t the fault of the royal couple, or their baby, it’s just bad timing; but, it’s unbelievable that this report isn’t getting the traction it deserves simply due to unfortunate timing.
We shouldn’t allow our excitement surrounding the royal baby overshadow something so pertinent to not only our generation, but generations to come as global extinction rate ‘is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years’.
Thankfully, some leaders in the field have claimed that it’s not too late to change the state of affairs, with Sir Robert Watson claiming, ‘it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global’.