What future awaits us if governments do not implement sustainable policies from now on?

WWF urges nations to take deeper political conservation measures to ensure the quality of life of the next generations

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Every two years, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) publishes a new report called Living Planet, which shows the state of the world's biodiversity, the natural and basic resources for the existence of the human species. Last October 30th, the 12th edition of Planeta Vivo was released. In this way, they celebrate 20 years in the study of biodiversity.

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The report shows alarming figures of environmental loss due to the activity of human production, some of these are:

  • 60% of the vertebrate population has decreased, between 1970 and 2014.
  • 50% of corals have disappeared in the last 30 years.
  • 20% of the Amazon has disappeared in the last 50 years.

For human societies to survive, the primary requirement is the existence of natural systems, which are the supporting infrastructure for the life of all species, including humans. But threats to the conservation of resources are in decline, Central America and South America are the most affected regions. The first two problems facing this generation to ensure the quality of life of the next generations are the cultural system and economic production, the latter represents an unsustainable food production.

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When talking about the cultural system, refers to the misperception of the human being in terms of the environment, "Nature as a gift," in this error emphasizes the director of WWF, through his letter to Planet Living. Natural resources are limited, this premise has been heard when it comes to sustainable policies, but it is not common to emphasize that the current generation is privileged in having the possibility to know and scientifically demonstrate the impact of humanity on nature. and find the best way to coexist within this, of course, ensuring the sustainability and quality of life of the next generations.

“We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and the enormous impact we have on it. We may also be the last that can act to reverse this trend”. – Living Planet.

In the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) "seven of sixteen objectives cover the subject of conservation policies", but these objectives include both the political-legal framework and the participatory one. Explaining in a better way, the policies of the countries should be composed by the legislative factor in the correct use of resources, and in the same way, the educational factor of the citizens to create sustainable cities.

The theory of sustainability is not a subjective issue, it includes axioms and scientific objectivity for its verification. Environmental conservation is the fundamental element to contemplate the dimensions of human needs, comply with governmental objectives and achieve the quality of life of the species. It is not about which resources a country has for its economic development, it is about which resources can be used and at the same time ensure the quality of life in a long period of time, besides studying the correct ways to manage thereof.

Economic activities such as agriculture continue to be one of the main causes of environmental destruction, both of soil and species, the current inadequate and unbridled management of this activity, will become the main cause of famine in less than two decades. In order to avoid a certain future of desolation, WWF urges the business market and nations to implement ambitious measures in accordance with the different organisms in charge of the study of conservation, and this allows to achieve the Sustainable Development objectives for 2030. "The new Human pact-Nature is everyone's work".

Download the new Living Planet 2018 report here.

LatinAmerican Post | Gabriela Rivas Colmenárez

Translated from "¿Qué futuro nos espera si los gobiernos no implementan políticas sostenibles a partir de ahora?"

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