Humans have decimated 2/3 of all wildlife since 1970, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In the same time frame, the human population doubled to 7.4 billion.
'We are driving species extinct,' says WWF Chief Scientist Dr. Rebecca Shaw.
The biggest losses have taken place in Latin America and the Caribbean. The report finds that much of this is due to habitat destruction and species exploitation, where animals are sold as food or pets — further contributing to viruses spreading from animals to humans.
But Dr. Shaw remains optimistic because of action taken by millennials and Gen Z.
'2020 is really the year to act.'