WWF director general Marco Lambertini at Ecosperity observed that the speed of the natural disappearance was almost 1,000 times that of the original, and it was also the fastest reduction in species since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
WWF’s Living Planet report from 2016 showed that of 3,706 wildlife populations around the world, 60 per cent have disappeared in the last 40 years.
“We need to work out the invisible value of nature,” says Lambertini. “We cannot have a prosperous society in a depleted planet.”
Services provided by nature, such as trees that filter air and water, plants that store carbon, insects that pollinate crops, and the mental health benefits of green areas, are valued at $125 trillion a year, reaching $145 trillion. The study also found that losses caused by land use change amount to 4 to 20 trillion U.S. dollars per year found by a study in 2014 by ecologists.
Lambertini claimed that “We need to make biodiversity loss and nature loss a serious issue, an issue that people are afraid of,” he says. “We are scared of climate change, but the loss of nature is “even more scary,”.