After recently attending the Forest and Bird Conference in Wellington I felt distraught about our ecosystems and wildlife. Eighty per cent of birds in decline, 84 per cent of reptiles, 76 per cent of freshwater fish, marine ecosystems being decimated — the list goes on. Where does it stop? It's all mainly due to human interventions and exploitations.

To quote from the conference: "Nature is seen as the raw material to our economy — it should be the other way around." The destruction of our land and oceans just seems to go on and on with extinctions happening before our

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