The environmental association Zero called on today, the day when Earth Day is celebrated, actions to preserve biodiversity, stressing that “it is necessary to educate and raise awareness of the accelerated rate of extinction of millions of species.“
In a statement, the environmental association warns some numbers about the “current wave of extinction“, such as the 40% reduction in the number of terrestrial animals and marine animal populations or the fact that 40% of the 1.1 million species of birds of the world are in decline.
“It is estimated that humans have impacted 83% of the earth’s surface, which has affected ecosystems as well as the areas where specific species of wild animals existed,” Zero points out.
The environmental association argues that it is necessary to “educate and raise awareness about the accelerated rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.”
Among the warnings left, Zero argues that it is necessary “to achieve great political victories that protect large groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats” and also “to build and participate in a global movement that embraces nature and its values.”
“Encouraging individual actions such as adopting a plant-based diet and stopping the use of pesticides and herbicides” is another of the ideas advocated by the association.
According to the association, Portugal has “insufficient knowledge of its natural values“, maintaining limitations for a rigorous evaluation of the degree of threat that exists on the diverse protected species.
In addition, Zero continues, Portugal maintains “a public policy with no established objectives for species conservation” and continues with unpublished legislation in this area.
“If we do not act now, extinction may be the most enduring legacy of mankind,” the association says.