Tigers, Elephants & Penguins might not be around for much longer.
Half of the world’s animals have been lost in the past 40 years due to climate change, and one in 6 of the planet’s species will be lost forever due to the stress on habitats from deforestation, the rise in pollution, fishing farming and global warming. Current endangered species include tigers, elephants, rhinos, gorillas, orangutans, snow leopard, giant pandas, marine turtles, sea lions, whales, polar bears, arctic wolf, white rhino, dolphins, penguins, seals, tuna and a great deal more. If the temperature of the planet rises to four degrees celsius by the end of the century due to greenhouse gas emissions, one in six species will face extinction. Each species, regardless as to how small, plays a significant role in ensuring natural sustainability for all life forms. Without a healthy ecosystem, this will cause disruption to biodiversity which provides a fundamentally important role to all life by providing us with the raw materials, food and industries that support life.
Earth’s biodiversity consists of microorganisms, plants, animals, and there ecosystems which consist of rainforests and grasslands. All of these things are declining at an alarming rate and not only does it mean that the earth will suffer a tremendous loss in regard to precious lands and animals, but we, being reliant on the earth’s biodiversity, will as well. We as humans are an integral part of this extensive network of all life and we are reliant on it to a vast extent as families, communities, nations and the generations to come. The disruption to biodiversity however could cause our entire system to collapse for we are all connected to the organisms on earth which each have their role to support biodiversity and the web of life.
70% of the world’s impoverished live in rural areas and are directly dependent on biodiversity for their survival. We need to preserve the diversity of the earth’s wildlife if we are to maintain this balance within the ecosystem, but alongside that, also maintain opportunities for medical discoveries, development economically, soils formation and protection, protection of water resources, pollution breakdown and absorption, maintenance of ecosystems, wood products and recovery from unpredictable events. Since population overgrowth, we are now using 25% more natural resources and as this number slowly increases along with the population, the planet will not be able to sustain this and consequently, habitats with the species that reside there along with local communities, will suffer greatly as the land they rely onto sustain themselves will present less opportunities due to climate change and the water will become scare. If our biodiversity continues to be reduced then this will leave us vulnerable as food supplies slowly diminish and fresh water is short in supply.
Away from the events of climate change, it is greatly disheartening to activists and organizations working tiredly to preserve when battling against those with opposing agendas such as habitat destruction and illegal poaching, almost a third of these threats to animals stem from large corporations from richer nations with high demands to exploit endangered species and the land they reside on along with ecosystems, making the battle to survive even more difficult. However, the public can make a significant difference by making one simple lifestyle change and adapting to a plant-based diet, helping spare the planet’s resources and becoming more discerning about the products they purchase and companies they purchase from by making sure that the items are sustainably sourced and devoid of ingredients, such as palm oil, that have contributed to wrecking the habitat of animals that are rapidly decreasing in numbers. See links underneath to view which brands should be avoided :
About the author
Jwaydan Moyine is a classically trained Film Composer, Pianist, Cellist, Singer/Songwriter, and a Writer and Entrepreneur. She founded Earth Children to bring awareness to matters regarding the Environment, Animal welfare, Sustainable & Conscious living, Wellness & Humanitarian issues. She is heavily involved with activism for animal welfare in the UK and Egypt and child welfare in Syria, Thailand and Romania. She resides in Berkshire Running an organic food farm, an organic skincare company, Writing and bringing awareness to matters regarding the Planet, Plant based nutrition, Cruelty free living & the necessity of adapting to Veganism for the sake of Sustainability, Animal welfare and our Health. She has several qualifications in nutritional therapy, culinary medicine & holistic healing. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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