Earth Day Endangered Species: Chapter 1

Endangered Species: Part 1/5

If you were about to click away from this page, you’re making a HUGE mistake that you will probably regret for the rest of your life…yes we are being 100% serious. Stop what you’re doing for one moment and imagine a world completely bare; imagine a world where trees and nature disappear because of humans destroying it; and then wildlife becomes extinct as they don’t have a home to live in, and then humans start to slowly die out. Scary right? And do you want to know the worst part of this? It could have all been prevented if humans had taken action and had done something about it. Well here is some good news. Thankfully, you’re living in a time and place where you can start helping the environment.

With Earth Day approaching, we thought we would take this opportunity to try and raise an awareness for the issues and concerns relating to our environment. This year’s theme is focusing on Global Climate and Environmental Literacy which is also acting as an ongoing goal to be achieved by 2020, the year that will mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary. So in honour of Earth Day, we’ll be talking about 5 major topics relating to our environment, and we have been busy little bees creating some incredible painted illustrations just for Earth Day.

We’ll be giving you some ideas and tips that you can start doing to start giving your planet some TLC (tender, loving, care). Small and simple changes will create a BIG impact on your environment, which is why you should start today. If you’re not much of an animal or nature lover, that’s okay, start acting for the future of your children!

Here at Salamandra, we care about our environment and the future of our children. Why do you care?

We’re starting off with our first topic, Endangered Species.

E is for Endangered Species

E is for Endangered species because activities carried out by human beings are having a dangerous effect on our animal kingdom. Species are becoming extinct at a faster rate than ever before, so much so that we are entering a no way back situation and the sad truth is that it is down to human behaviour. The activities that we implement on the environment are having a life threatening effect on endangered species. However, if these activities brought on by humans can change for the better, then we could drastically improve the long term effect on our species.

So what’s happening?

Due to deforestation, wildlife habitat is in constant threat. The unsustainable production of palm oil remains to be one of the biggest threats to endangered species because of the methods used by humans to produce this popular oil. A shocking figure from the World Wildlife shows that less than 80,000 orangutans survive today, and these aren’t the only species whose homes are being destroyed due to the production of palm oil. The Sumatran tigers are holding on to survival, with fewer than 400 left. Along with the tigers are the Sumatran Rhino, Bornean Pygmy Elephants and Sumatran Elephants who are all living in danger.

Poaching, which is the illegal capturing of wildlife, is sadly still occurring mainly around places in Africa. Although this has a drastic impact on extinction, deforestation seems to be a constant threat for them, and it is down to human activity implementing these actions. If we don’t come together and start making a change, these beautiful species are likely to become extinct.

The impact of climate change is a lot more harming to our endangered species than we may have thought, particularly to mammals and birds according to Earth Day Network. It states that a shocking total of 700 species are victims to the damaging climate change, which is already a threat to a considerable amount of species around the world, humans included. The heat waves, rising sea levels and droughts are causing their homes to be destroyed because of the intense change of climate. A shocking study shows that animals on every continent are being affected by climate change. We need to protect all Earth’s species with particular emphasis on the already Endangered ones, by all supporting awareness and change.

How you can help
  1. Avoid buying and consuming foods containing unsustainable palm oil
  2. Plant a tree for $1 – onetreeplanted.org
  3. Try going vegetarian twice a week
  4. Stop littering (or seagulls/birds will consume this and die)
  5. Buy sustainable products
  6. Adopt an animal from World Wide Fund for Nature
  7. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

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