Global biodiversity is declining at unprecedented rates but understanding the drivers of this loss is problematic.
Does a global problem require global-scale political, technological and economic solutions, or can individuals make a difference?
To mark the publication of the Living Planet Report 2016, join us to debate the motion ‘Global biodiversity decline is not impacted by my daily decisions’.
In 2014, the Living Planet Index (LPI) showed an overall decline in global vertebrate populations of 52% between 1970 and 2010, and this year's Living Planet Report will present the latest findings.
The main threats to wildlife identified in the report are habitat degradation and exploitation, but how are these driven by the decisions we make daily as consumers?
Our lives are a series of actions that impact the planet’s resources, whether it is how we commute to work, what food we buy or how much energy we consume in our homes. Yet our choices are influenced by market pressures, government policy and the advancement of new technologies that make sustainable options possible.
This meeting will aim to uncover the relationship between our personal choices and the processes that contribute to biodiversity declines. Can adopting a low-footprint lifestyle have an impact, or is global governance the only feasible solution to managing biodiversity and resources within the planet’s limits?