We are living in the age of humans, a time referred to by many as the Anthropocene. Our species has caused huge changes on our planet, including global warming, ocean acidification, and habitat destruction.

Earth's ecology is in a critical state. But we have the tools to understand what is happening, and what needs to be done. Find out what the Museum is doing to create a sustainable future and what you can do to help. 

Plastic pollution

Plastics have permeated almost every part of our planet, including uninhabited islands and the deepest parts of the ocean. Find out the effect plastic has on nature and us.


More and more animals and plants face extinction. Without them, Earth's precious balance could be upset.

Biodiversity loss

Biodiversity means the variety of all life on Earth, and humans rely on it to survive. Find out more about what biodiversity means, and why it is under threat.

How you can help

Small changes add up to big differences. Discover what you can do.

Our work

Scientists use our collection of 80 million specimens to understand more about climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Urban Nature Project

Find out how we are championing the UK's urban nature and building communities to act for local wildlife.

Hope for the future

Hope isn't lost. If we all work together, we can help our planet recover.


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