Wednesday, October 15, 2014

50% Decrease in Wildlife in 40 Years.

I had a very frightening email from the World Wildlife Fund yesterday:

50% of wildlife lost in 40 years

Are you a child of the 70s? If you are, global wildlife populations have declined by more than half in your lifetime.
Our 10th Living Planet Report shows that our wildlife is in a sorry state, but we continue to use more natural resources than our one planet can replenish. It's time for a wake-up call. You can download the 10th edition of their Living Planet Report. We have to do something if nothing else by supporting organisations like World Wildlife Fund otherwise soon there won’t be any wildlife at all. It is important because of the interaction of all species which is part of our biodiversity. Don’t just read this and say “terrible” then go on to something else. Do Something.

Wildlife in our rivers, lakes and wetlands has suffered a 76 per cent decline – an average loss almost double that seen in land and marine species populations.
Land-based species populations declined by 39 per cent, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down.
Marine species populations declined by 39 percent. Species in decline include marine turtles, many sharks, and large migratory seabirds like the wandering albatross.
Wildlife populations are declining in tropical and temperate climates, but the biggest decline – 63 per cent since 1970 – has been seen in the tropics. Central and South America shows the most dramatic regional decline – a fall of 83 per cent.


On the website there are examples of many endangered species, the African forest elephant above being one. There are dolphins and tigers on the list amongst others.

I am presently cooking up our turkey carcass for some soup and thought this recipe would be a good one to share.

Ravioli and Vegetable Soup

From EatingWell: 

Fresh or frozen ravioli cook in minutes and turn this light vegetable soup into a main course. Look for whole-wheat or whole-grain ravioli in the refrigerated or frozen section of the supermarket. Tortellini can be used instead of ravioli as well.

Ravioli & Vegetable Soup
Makes: 4 servings, about 2 cups each
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups frozen bell pepper and onion mix, thawed and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted
  • 1 15-ounce can vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or marjoram
  • 1 6- to 9-ounce package fresh or frozen cheese (or meat) ravioli, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 cups diced zucchini, (about 2 medium)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add pepper-onion mix, garlic and crushed red pepper (if using) and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, broth, water and basil (or marjoram); bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add ravioli and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add zucchini; return to a boil. Cook until the zucchini is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Season with pepper.
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Thin with broth before reheating, if desired.
Have a great day and don't forget the World


  1. Replies
    1. It is and we all need to do something about it.

  2. Those are some scary statistics. What always makes me angry is when the news reports on a bear or cougar sighting near a school or in a neighbourhood. What they fail to say is that it was previously THEIR HABITAT that man tore down to build the homes and schools. Where are the animals supposed to go?!

    That soup looks amazing. Gonna have to try. Any reason you said to use the frozen pepper/onion mix instead of fresh?

    1. You are right JoJo where can they go.

      That was the original recipe JoJo, I would change it myself, no reason you shouldn't do so.

  3. The figures are quite shocking and I cannot understand how people don't realise that everything - including us - is interdependent. If we keep wiping out the other species we, as humanity, will suffer too.

    1. Unfortunately most people neither realise or care.

  4. It's awful. Australia is in the same boat. Especially our Great Barrier Reef. At least the government is putting more land aside as National Parks and controlling fishing. The main way we can help is with our vote.

    1. What's happening about drilling for oil on the barrier reef?

      Making others aware always helps.

  5. I love using carcass for stock or soup. Heavenly.

    1. I waste nothing when I cook and bake. And bones are fantastic treats to work with.

    2. One of the reasons I like to cook meat on the bone it has a better flavour