According to official UN data, each year takes a about 25 thousand species of animals and plants. In order to reduce the growth of such frightening statistics, a series of the environmental movement calls for an extremely ambitious goals of nature conservation. So, the most notable of them may be the idea of turning 50% of the earth’s surface in a vast reserve. Can this idea be translated into reality once, and if so, to what consequences it may lead?
What happens if you turn the planet into a nature preserve?
The idea that humanity is able to turn half of our planet in the reserve, was popularized in 2017 by renowned biologist E. O. Wilson in one of his books. His message was that 50% of the planet can protect a special “global agreement for the protection of nature” by 2050, which would entail significant expansion of the biodiversity of the planet. In addition, living in areas rich in recreational resources, can enhance mental health and well-being of the population, and in some cases, protected areas can provide new jobs and income through ecotourism and the emergence of a new type of production.
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The researcher believes that, under the law on the protection of nature can get in the first place, the Central African mangrove forests and Baltic mixed forests, covering a large part of the Scandinavian countries. Despite such optimistic forecasts, the transformation of the planet into the protected zone may entail negative consequences. As the portal phys.orgabout 760 million people are in risk areas with the new conservation status, which will lead to their possible eviction from their usual places of residence.
Chris Sandbrook, doctor of geographical Sciences faculty of Cambridge, believes that nature conservation requires decisive action on the part of the inhabitants of our planet.By 2050, humanity runs the risk of the food and environmental crises, which undoubtedly will affect the global welfare of the population.
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