The new field of conservation biology was formed as a response to the impending biodiversity crisis which, by the 1970s, scientists were well aware of. The impact of the most dominant species the world has ever seen, human beings, was being recognised. We evolved in a time that saw the global diversity of species become the highest it has ever been. Since then, species richness has decreased as we spread throughout the world.
Today, we, and the impact of our lifestyles, are everywhere and affect everything. We are living in the Anthropocene, an epoch dominated by humans. Conservation is becoming increasingly urgent as we learn more and more about the negative effects we have on other species. Here, I attempt to document the way our actions affect them, to show how serious and vast the scale of the problem is. Politicians and citizens alike must realise that the time to act is now!