Roy Mangersnes - Living planet
A couple of days ago London Zoological Society and WWF released the Living Planet Index for 2014. The results are, if not surprising, without doubt alarming. According to the findings the global population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have halved in 40 years. A staggering 52 % average decline between 1970 and 2010 is of such impact it is hard to grasp. Terrestrial mammals declined by 39 %, marine species the same while the impact on freshwater populations have been severe with a 76 % decline!
So what is the cause of this frightening statistics? Well, it is us! Nearly 82 % of the decline is driven by unsustainable human consumption divided into exploitation, habitat degradation and loss.
This report made me think of a quote from one of the most fascination people I have ever met, Rosamaria Ruiz. She is indigenous to the Madidi national park in Bolivia where I photographed this orphaned Spider Monkey at the rescue centre, and a true spokesman for conservation of the Bolivian rainforest and the environment. “Mother Nature keeps providing us with everything we need, and still we keep fucking her over”!
Location: Madidi NP, Bolivia
Tags: Bolivia, conservation, Living planet index, LZS, roy mangersnes, Spider Monkey, WWF