Bending the curve of biodiversity loss:
What we do in the next fifty years will impact life on earth for at least the next five million years, probably long after humans have disappeared. So this generation of conservationists – especially those starting their careers now – are the most important to have ever lived. They will either either succeed, and slow, stop and reverse global biodiversity loss; or by the end of this century, at our current rate, the impact may be irreparable.
While my research has predominantly been focused on conservation, it is now increasingly applied to agricultural systems for which climate change and biodiversity loss pose similar challenges. Agricultural intensification is often cited as the predominant driver of biodiversity loss, but it’s also our most valuable tool to improve human wellbeing and make space for nature.