A WWF report, discussed in The Guardian environment section in October 2018, has highlighted an alarming destruction of animal species since 1970 : 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles.

The report recognises that “the huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists.”

Whilst at a higher global impact level than The Mindful Collective is seeking to discuss and address, this report is significant when it comes to considering how human ego plays a key role in the negligence towards thinking of impact of decisions.

Whether this destruction arises from commercial interests despite their impact on nature, indirect impacts from supply chain variables, or

The report states that most impact comes from:

– Destruction of natural habitats in favour of farmland
– Consumption of animals for food and particularly overfishing
– Chemical pollution
– Introduction of invasive species and disease by global trading

So how can you consider your local and personal impact in the light of this global report?

Consider how your processes and higher purpose directly and indirectly impact the natural world around you – what can you do to mitigate negative impact and increase positive impact?

Think about what and how you consume as an individual and as a business – do you consume at an appropriate level necessary for sustainable growth, with minimal waste? Are you consuming appropriate things?

What is your pollution profile? Everything you do that produces waste, in all its forms, should be carefully managed and where possible, recycled, to create a sustainable footprint.

Think about the impact of how and where you distribute your products and services. In what ways you could do this more mindfully, considering the impact on animals, plants and your delicate ecosystems?

“The habitats suffering the greatest damage are rivers and lakes, where wildlife populations have fallen 83%, due to the enormous thirst of agriculture.”

We are all part of the problem and potentially part of the solution. This is not something that exists on another continent or some far away ocean. If we open our eyes and ears we will realise that it’s happening right here in front of us.

What will you do after reading this report? How will you think and act locally, to impact globally?

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