Population and biodiversity

Biodiversity, the diversity of life on Earth, is under threat from our large and growing population. We are now undergoing a sixth mass extinction event, named the ‘Anthropocene’, because it is driven by human activity.

Ever more people means ever less wildlife. Our unsustainable numbers and consumption are directly fuelling the two main causes of species decline, habitat destruction and overexploitation. According to scientists, approximately one million species now face extinction unless we take action.

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See our latest news stories and blog posts about biodiversity below.

22 April 2019 to 22 October 2019

Earth Day

The Earth Day 2019 focus will be to Protect Our Species. Earth Day Network is undertaking a campaign to elevate understanding and foster action to stop the decimation of species around the globe.

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25 March 2019

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global movement, which brings millions together across the world to call for greater action on climate change. 

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22 March 2019

World Water Day

The day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

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3 March 2019

World Wildlife Day

The Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

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Water challenges in the world and the UK

Briefings and submissions

Freshwater is not an unlimited resource, and the world has seen its water consumption levels rise rapidly in the past hundred years.

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Why population matters for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Briefings and submissions

On its website, the RSPB states,

‘We are creating a world rich in nature’.

That is an ambitious
and admirable statement – but, unfortunately, not one that is generally accurate.

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Why population matters for Friends of the Earth

Briefings and submissions

Friends of the Earth’s declared mission is to: “Make life better for people by inspiring solutions to environmental problems”.

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Why population matters for the Campaign to Protect Rural England

Briefings and submissions

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is one of the leading conservation organisations in England – focused, as its name states, on the protection, sustainable use and enjoyment of England’s countryside in particular.

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Natural amenities in the UK

Natural amenities are beneficial to humanity in many ways. They contribute economically, socially and environmentally to our lives. Losing these free services would inflict great costs on our society.

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Global Biodiversity and Population

Briefings and submissions
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