The latest Living Planet Report has been published this week ahead of the twentieth Rio Earth summit in June.

The Living Planet report has been compiled by the World Wildlife Federation, the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network. It is the leading, science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity on the environment.

It is based on the Zoological Society of London’s Living Planet Index; which measures the population and health of thousands of species of plants and animals. This is accompanied by the Ecological Footprint, which measures the impact of humanity on the Earth’s natural resources.

Jonathan Baillie, conservation director at the Zoological Society of London, said: “This report is like a planetary check-up and the results indicate we have a very sick planet. Ignoring this diagnosis will have major implications for humanity. We can restore the planet’s health, but only through addressing population growth and over-consumption of resources.”

Despite the numerous international conventions, like the Rio Earth Summit, the report states that mankind’s effect to the planet has progressed even more quickly over the last decade; with carbon emissions up 40% in the past 20 years, with two-thirds of that increase occurring in the last decade.

The Ecological Footprint suggests that because of population growth and the global demand for natural resources it now takes 1.5 years to regenerate the renewable resources we use in one. By 2030, the report predicts it will take the equivalent of two planets to meet the demand for resources.

The Living Planet Index shows that the world’s wildlife has declined by nearly a third over the past 40 years, in some areas this is much higher. In the tropics for example losses are estimated at being more than 50%, while in tropical freshwater ecosystems like the Amazon the damage may be as high as 70%.

However, in wealthy countries such as Europe and North America, the index has risen by around 7% since 1970, reflecting the investment these countries have made to protect their wildlife. While this illustrates that conservation really works it also shows that it is a price most developing countries cannot afford.

To find out more visit the WWF website. Or if you would like to help one of our conservation projects make a difference visit our Adopt a Plot page.

Congratulations to our winning conservation partners!

Recently Healthy Planet held a competition between our 15 conservation partners. Their mission was to spread the environmental message that Healthy Planet promotes to their supporters across the world. We are pleased to announce the two winning contestants who, in return for their enthusiasm and dedication in spreading the word, will receive grants towards their important conservation work.

Plant a Tree Today Foundation (PATT) won the winning £5000 grant

PATT is one of our original project partners; they seek to restore forest land to its former glory after years of illegal encroachment.

Healthy Planet supporters have funded a tree nursery, the planting of new seedlings and teacher training for educational visits from local schools in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Following on from this success, supporters are now able to adopt plots at a brand new PATT project in Mae Na Park, northern Thailand. They aim to plant 150,000 native trees within the park in 3 years, so they urgently need your help to support the re-forestation of a forgotten paradise.

The Monarch Butterfly Fund were in second place, winning a £2500 grant

The Monarch Butterfly Fund is a US-based organisation that partners with the charity Alternare. The aim of the project is to protect the breeding habitat of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly species found in Mexico. This is done through reforestation techniques and establishing an eco-tourism trade to encourage the protection of the local habitat.

We are delighted to be providing additional support to these exceptional organisations. If you would like us to consider your organisation as a new partner please email headranger@healthyplanet.org

If you would like to support any of our project partners you can adopt a plot on the Healthy Planet website

John Brookes speaking at the Ideal Home Show


“The ideal homes show has been a really great event for us; we’ve had lots of footfall, with many visitors interested in what we do, especially our Books for Free and Adopt a Plot projects. Considering the exhibition is not environmentally focused it’s been great that people have come up to the stand wanting to chat about what we do.

Perhaps it helped that we were giving away free Basil seeds, but people generally seemed really interested in what we’re doing, with lots of visitors wanting to donate books or asking about how to get involved; either through volunteering or using our empty spaces for their own green initiatives. So hopefully from talking to people on the stand we can help make some great ideas happen!

So it’s been a really positive event for the charity and we feel really lucky to have been given the opportunity to exhibit for free by the Ideal Homes Show.”

John Brookes speaking at the Ideal Home Show is the Marketing & Communications Consultant for Healthy Planet.

Healthy Planet’s New Video!

From saving Penguins in North Georgia to protecting Richmond Park’s 130,000 trees, here at Healthy Planet we are engaged in protecting national parks worldwide; through our Adopt a Plot campaign.

So please check out our new video, or visit the Healthy Planet website and find out what else were up to here at Healthy Planet!

Richmond Park needs our help!

Formed in 1637 by Charles I for hunting deer, Richmond Park is now a National Nature Reserve and London’s largest site of Special Scientific Interest. This is because the park is home to many ancient trees, which are of great importance to wildlife; as the trees and their decaying wood supports many endangered species of insect and fungi.

The park is still recognised for its deer. Unfortunately many of the park’s 130,000 trees, including those that provide food for the deer populations, are now under threat from disease and climate change. Both native and climate-resistant tree species are desperately needed to encourage regrowth and biodiversity.

That’s why Healthy Planet is working in association with Friends of Richmond Park to protect this historic area, and we need your help!

As well as our supporting the work of our conservation partners around the world, you can adopt a plot online to support conservation on our doorstep in London. Find out more and adopt a plot in Richmond Park on the Healthy Planet website.

Or you could come and find out more about our award winning Adopt a Plot Project by visiting Healthy Planet at the Ideal Home Show. We are located on Princes Avenue, at Stand 1H93 and will be there until 1 April. To find out what we are up to and how you can get a 10% discount for the show please read our previous blog. It would be great to see you there!

Healthy Planet is always an ideal home for those seeking to make an environmental difference and have been given a great opportunity to showcase ideal environmental solutions too; which you can see at the Ideal Home Show this weekend at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

Healthy Planet will be planted next door to the Swedish House exhibit, on Princes Avenue. The Swedish House presents functional, well designed interiors that also offer great energy efficient solutions; creating a perfect example of how to produce innovative and sustainable ways of living.

The Ideal Home Show is starting Friday 16th March and running till 1st April. With 270,000 visitors expected here at Healthy Planet we are incredibly excited to have been invited to exhibit; thanks to our innovative green take on consumerism (Books for Free) and our award winning online support for conservation projects (Adopt a Plot).

To highlight the Adopt a Plot initiative Healthy Planet will be giving away promotional seed packs and screening our specially-made Healthy Planet film to highlight the projects.

Our supporters can get 10% off the ticket price by clicking on the banner below. We would love to see you there!