There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.
Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats
“This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live.
The fastest decline among the animal populations were found in freshwater ecosystems, where numbers have plummeted by 75% and the number of animals living on the land has fallen by 40% since 1970.
Marine animal populations have also fallen by 40% overall, with turtles suffering in particular.
The biggest declines in animal numbers have been seen in low-income, developing nations, while conservation efforts in rich nations have seen small improvements overall. But the big declines in wildlife in rich nations had already occurred long before the new report’s baseline year of 1970 – the last wolf in the UK was shot in 1680.
Also, by importing food and other goods produced via habitat destruction in developing nations, rich nations are “outsourcing” wildlife decline to those countries. For example, a third of all the products of deforestation such as timber, beef and soya were exported to the EU between 1990 and 2008.
The scale of the destruction highlighted in this report should be a wake-up call for us all.”