We’ve told you about the Holocene (or Anthropocene) extinction before. As our population grows and we expand out across our planet, we’re reaping more and more. It’s a world where our entitlement and growth have left behind species after species to loss of habitat and eventual extinction.
The numbers are shocking and should be sickening. According to research data, we have extinguished 58 percent of all vertebrate species between 1970 and 2012 (the last full year numbers are available). And if, according to the WWF’s Living Planet Report, we don’t correct our ways, we will lose 2/3 of the entire vertebrate species within 50 years. The loss of species breaks down by land, sea, and freshwater. We’ve eliminated 38 percent of land species, 36 percent of sea life, and a staggering 81 percent of freshwater life.