The Museum of Toulouse - "Extinction – la fin d'un monde ?"
Nature's biodiversity is a building block of modern society. Our health, food and security depend on biodiversity. But today both nature and biodiversity are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Often referred to as the 6th extinction crisis, each year between 10,000 and 100,000 species on our planet become extinct. Unlike previous mass extinction events of geological history, the current extinction is one for which a single species - ours - is wholly responsible.
Over-exploitation and agricultural activity, driven by our runaway consumption, are the dominant causes of current species loss. Over-fishing and plastic pollution are threatening our oceans.
Despite well-meaning attempts to stop this loss through global agreements we are failing: current targets and consequent actions amount to, at best, a managed decline. To achieve climate and sustainable development commitments, reversing the loss of nature and biodiversity is critical.
The Museum of Toulouse, together with the Natural History Museum of London, is currently featuring an exposition titled “Extinctions – la fin d'un monde ?''. Let's go and see this – food for thought and action !
Image: Muséum de Toulouse
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