We share our planet with millions of different species.
This huge variety of animals and plants, and the places they live, is called biodiversity. And, together, they provide us with essentials like food, drinking water, clean air, medicines and shelter.
Biodiversity is our safety net.
Think of all the different species and places on our planet as threads in a net. The more threads that intertwine, the stronger the net – and the better nature can provide for us and cope with threats such as climate change.
Unfortunately, people have been unpicking the safety net for decades.
We’ve flattened forests to make way for farming. We’ve netted fish until their numbers collapse. And we’ve bulldozed wetlands so that floods wreak havoc.
The good news is that for the first time in human history, we understand the impact we're having on the natural world we love and depend on − and we know how we can start to mend the net.
There is still time to reverse this loss of nature. But we need to act now or face catastrophic change.
Science has never been clearer, awareness has never been greater. It's time for decisive action.
We can be smarter about how we use our oceans, freshwater and land, and how we produce energy, food and other resources.
We have the knowledge and capability to move towards a better future for people and nature. And we’re already exploring new ways to feed our growing population, meet our energy demands and manage our water supply.
Now is the time to get behind these solutions to ensure that everyone gets a fair share without destroying nature.
Wildlife populations have declined, on average, by 58% between 1970 and 2012.