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Due to human activities, more than 350 species of terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct since the 16th century

Due to human activities, more than 350 species of terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct since the 16th century and many more are in the process of extinction. The populations of those that still survive are declining by an average of 30%. And extinction is one way. The damage is forever. The concomitant causes of this mass extinction of terrestrial biodiversity are well known: deforestation, the spread of invasive species, human population growth, pollution, global warming and intensive exploitation through indiscriminate hunting and fishing. We are running out of fertile land as a consequence of intensive agriculture using pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers on a massive scale. We are ravaging primary forests with mines in search of rare metals to use in our mobile phones and batteries. In the meantime, in anticipation of hard times, the richest are hoarding cultivable land.