During our planet’s 4.5 billion-year history, there have been five large species’ extinction events. Today in the Anthropocene (a new era shaped by humans) we are witnessing a sixth mass extinction. Globally, wildlife populations have declined by 58% since 1970. The things driving this unprecedented decline - habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and human use - are due to human activities, especially since the industrial revolution. It’s up to us to turn things around.
Anchored by the shocking results revealed in the latest World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report and Living Planet Report Canada, (the best barometer of wildlife trends and index of human footprint), this evening presentation by Dr. Pete Ewins, WWF Canada Lead Specialist in Species Conservation, will focus on what these findings mean for this and future generations, and what exactly WE must do NOW to reverse the decline of wildlife, starting in our own Toronto neighbourhoods.