How to react?
Frogs, lizards, birds and mammals all continue to go extinct. Even plants and insects are disappearing from the face of the Earth, perhaps even daily. Not only our we losing the enjoyment brought by marveling at the wonder of the world’s biodiversity, but we are losing the security of the natural resources we rely on for food, shelter, medicine and general quality of life. All this paints a bleak picture for the ongoing extinction.
However, they are things we can do to help. The most basic action is to educate ourselves and others about the crisis and to urge people to care. It may not seem important to some to worry about the lives of others, but we as human beings have not only the capability of compassion, but the knowledge and skills to act on behalf of others.
The only question is, what will we choose to do? Will we make conservation and sustainability a priority not just in policy, but in our daily lives? Will we allow our children to grow up in a world devoid of all the wondrous creatures that inhabit it today? Are we willing to risk the consequences of losing biodiversity and all the benefits that come with it?
The choice is mine and yours, it is all of ours. Please help by making changes in your daily habits, writing to your political representatives and contributing to causes like The 6th Extinction documentary. Together, we can make this world a better place for every species, including humans.
|Image||Species||Number Remaining||Geographic Region||Cause of Endangerment|
|Panda Bear||2000||China||Habitat Destruction|
|Cross River Gorilla||300||Nigeria & Cameroon||Habitat Destruction & Overhunting|
|Amur Leopard||25-40||Eastern Russia||Habitat Destruction & Overhunting|