Life on Earth originated around 4 billion years ago. While it initially existed only in the oceans, it later spread to the land and atmosphere. Since then, an unfathomable number of species have evolved, around half of which are insects. Numerous plant and animal species have yet to be documented, and many new ones are being discovered every day.

While we are only just beginning to understand the web of interdependencies between organisms, humans are jeopardizing our planet’s highly complex ecosystems and their inhabitants by clearing forests, overfishing the oceans and overfertilizing agricultural land. Air pollution and increasing levels of acidity in the oceans are having profound consequences.

The pace of extinction has accelerated to the point that species are vanishing before we even have a chance to discover them. Find out more here.

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Stop the depletion of forests in Cameroon

In Cameroon, the government wants to release 60,000 hectares of rainforest for clear-cutting for palm oil plantations. As the concession borders on Campo Ma’an National Park over a distance of fifty kilometres, the protected area is in acute danger, as are animal migration routes and the habitat of gorillas.

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To: Mr Paul Biya, President of Cameroon

Destroying 60,000 hectares of rainforest for palm oil – this is what a company in Cameroon wants to do. The Campo Ma’an National Park and gorillas are in danger

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