Category: 3. Land-Use Change, Mining, and Resource Extraction
The negative impacts of land-use change motivated by economic interests is critically weakening the interconnectivity of ecological systems and natural diversity around the world. Commercial agriculture, infrastructure, and mining and resource extraction account for more than global 70% of ecosystem loss, and accounts for more than 30% of carbon emissions affecting the climate. This also has staggering effects on biodiversity and human lives, particularly indigenous communities who are often criminalized for defending their homes and human rights.