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Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

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As we know, populations of all kinds of wildlife are declining at an alarming speed. If we don't stop this, scientist warns that humanity could soon be left with a planet bereft of actual wildlife and only inhabited by ourselves and a few domesticated animals, and their parasites

As such, some conservationists are proposing a radical solution: make 50% of the planet a nature reserve.


The current focus on protecting what humans are willing to spare for conservation is unscientific, they say. Instead, conservation targets should be determined by what is necessary to protect nature. This point is stressed by Harvey Locke, whose organisation, Nature Needs Half, takes a far bolder approach and campaigns for the preservation of fully 50% of our planet for wildlife by 2050.

“That may seem a lot – if you think the world is a just a place for humans to exploit,” Locke told the Observer. “But if you recognise the world as one that we share with wildlife, letting it have half of the Earth does not seem that much.”

What do you think? Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

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