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Why are we losing nature?

For a long time, it was still possible to say “more science is needed” to understand how exactly human activities were harming the natural world. Not anymore.

In the last 50 years our world has been transformed by an explosion in global trade, consumption and human population growth, as well as an enormous move towards urbanisation. This puts a huge amount of pressure on the natural world around us, leading to impacts like habitat loss, overfishing and climate change to name just three.

Threats to nature and why they happen

From all of the drivers of nature loss, see the impact the food on your plate has in our interactive infographic below.

Indirect drivers
Pressures
Direct drivers
Biodiversity
Consumption
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Institutions
Governance
Economy
Technology
Conflicts
Epidemics
Fishery
Agriculture
Energy
Mining
Infrastructure
Forestry
Tourism
Pollution
Overexploitation
Climate change
Habitat loss and degredation
Invasive species

Destroying diversity for food

The Cerrado region in South America has the richest diversity of life of any savannah in the world, is an important water source, and stores carbon that would otherwise accelerate climate change. Sadly, half of the region has already been lost to livestock rearing and soy production for consumption around the world.

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What can you do?

Humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts not only on wildlife populations but also on human health and all aspects of our lives.

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