05 January 2019
To dedicate half of the Planet’s surface as a protected area: this is the appeal of the scientists who support the idea of the famous biologist Edward Wilson i.e. to give half of the Earth back to the Earth itself. It would be the only way to safeguard flora and wild fauna from extinction. Maybe it is the only way too to save man himself from extinction. Do you know how many great extinctions there have been since the world became the world? Six. Do we wish to add another to the list? In the last half a century man has contributed to the loss of almost 60% of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibian creatures and fish of the world. When the Japanese marine lion was declared extinct in 1970, there were 3.7 million people on earth. Now, we are more than double that number, and only fifty years have passed! We have taken almost all of that which there was to take. Because of the intensive abuse of the Earth, the wild animal population in 2020, that is in just a year and not a century from now, will have reduced to two thirds of the previous number. And by 2050, when there will be more than ten billion people, the need for food and water will double. What will happen to the world’s bio-diversity? What will be left of mankind?
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