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.

Learn more about biodiversity and population here.

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

13 June 2018

One-in-five UK mammals facing extinction – urgent action now

14 May 2018

Our new patron: a “vegan hippy chick in a race car”

Big foot sculpture on World Population Day 2017
14 July 2017

Meet Big Foot

11 January 2017

Chris Packham speaks out on impact of population

27 October 2016

WWF: we are facing the next global mass extinction

15 September 2016

State of Nature report overlooks population growth impact

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