Hot on the heels of last week’s publication of WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016, ZSL will be hosting two thought-provoking events this November, challenging guests to explore and tackle the startling trends revealed by this ground-breaking analysis of the state of global wildlife.
Acknowledged as the world’s single most comprehensive survey of the health of our planet, the Living Planet Report 2016 – based on data from WWF and ZSL – reveals that global vertebrate populations (fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles) are on a course to decline by a devastating average of 67 per cent from 1970 levels by 2020, unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact on species and ecosystems.
ZSL is calling on the public to step up to this challenge and discover how their individual actions can make a difference.
On Tuesday 15 November, a free public evening event hosted at ZSL London Zoo – ‘Can I protect the planet? How our daily decisions impact global biodiversity decline’ – will bring together a panel of speakers to discuss the implications of the WWF Living Planet Report’s findings.
Exploring topics including whether individual consumer choices can really make a difference, or if concerted government action is the only solution for slowing current rates of decline in the natural world, audience members can also attend a three-course dinner with panellists following the debate.
A one-day scientific symposium on Tuesday 29 November – ‘The Living Planet Report 2016: Threats, pressures and addressing challenges’ – will explore the worrying trends unearthed by the WWF Living Planet Report in more depth.
Threats to biodiversity including habitat degradation, human population growth, invasive species and illegal wildlife trade will be dissected by scientists from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, alongside speakers from Imperial College London, WWF and the Natural History Museum among others.
Living Planet Report events
- 15 Nov 2016 – Public debate: ‘Can I protect the planet? How daily decisions impact global biodiversity decline’
- 29 Nov 2016 – Scientific symposium: ‘The Living Planet Report 2016: Threats, pressures and addressing challenges’
- More information on these and other forthcoming ZSL scientific events.