The impacts of unsustainable development

Special article for the Earth Day

The world’s population is projected to reach 9.9 billion by 2050, increasing by more than 25% from 2020’s population of 7.8 billion. In contrast, the animal population is decreasing heavily every year. For instance, around 60% of all fish, birds, reptiles, and mammals were wiped out by human activity between 1970 and 2014[1].

“We live on a planet with limited resources. Yet, the population doesn’t cease to grow at the expense of environmental degradation and health deterioration.

Note: Image extracted from United Nations Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ (2019). Source: WorldAtlas, “Most Populous Animals on Earth”, 2020. Available at: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/most-populous-mammals-on-earth.html
Source: Buy the Amazon, “Forest Facts”, 2019. Available at: http://www.buytheamazon.com/forest-facts2
Source: data from Statista. Available at: https://www.statista.com/statistics/830953/deaths-due-to-air-pollution-in-major-countries/
Source: EM-DAT database.
Note: image extracted from Luke Sharrett/Getty Images. Source: WWF (2019).
Source: United Nations Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ (2019).

My name is Cristina Bernal Aparicio and I write to raise awareness and share knowledge on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.