Washington,
22
May
2019
|
04:08 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

Biodiversity loss is dire for humanity, wildlife

Dr. Jacob Malcom, director of the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife, will testify today before the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife. The hearing is entitled, “Responding to the Global Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.”

Jacob Malcom, director of the Center for Conservation Innovation, Defenders of Wildlife released this statement:

“The science conveyed by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services report is clear: the Earth is experiencing a catastrophic loss of biodiversity and the consequences to humanity are dire. Nature is unraveling and the fabric of life on our planet is changing. Humans are the cause, and we will pay the price for this change.

“In the U.S., we are fortunate to have visionary laws to address the threats, most importantly the Endangered Species Act. Over 95 percent of species protected by the Endangered Species Act still survive and hundreds are on a path to recovery. But legislative attacks and the persistent failure to provide adequate resources threaten the law’s strength. We call on Congress to support rather than assail the Endangered Species Act and provide the proper funding that enables it to fulfill its potential in protecting our most imperiled plants and animals and, ultimately, us.”

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.