Endangered Species Are Disappearing

By | November 2, 2015

Yes, it is true that many Endangered Species are Disappearing. The lives of tiny marine animals to the largest animals in the world are in peril.

Tigers – We have lost 97% of wild tigers in just over a century, and there are only 3,200 in the wild today, according to the WWF. They’ve lost 93% of their historic range in the last 100 years.

Majestic Animals That Could Go Extinct This Century

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES have declined nearly 90% in the past few years. It is tragic to lose such delicate and beautiful creatures. WHY?

Diminishing habitat areas are one reason.  These insects migrate in the spring and the fall.

Endangered Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
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When they fly in large groups they are less vulnerable to predation. This year, I saw only     (4) FOUR Monarchs crossing my area during the summer and into the fall.  Each one was flying low and alone, this makes each of them more vulnerable to predation and to accidents.

Fewer Milkweed plants are another contributing factor. The larvae stage of these beautiful butterflies feeds on milkweed plants.  The adult Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. Often I would look for milkweed in fields, in search of the intricate chrysalis where transformation from caterpillar to butterfly occurs. I found none this year.  That was sad.

 

Even more distressing was the growing www.richard-seaman.comawareness that the pesticide ROUNDUP with its glycophosphate content is being more widely used.  It is extremely effective at killing weeds and broad-leaved plants. This has adverse affects on butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. That is why more insects are now among those endangered species are disappearing.

The endangered species list GROWS DAILY.

There are many reasons for you to be concerned. Think about it

Right now there are close to 7 billion human beings living on the Earth. Yes, we are endangered species too. Our risks include:

  • imminent environmental collapse,
  • political and religious fanaticism,
  • pollution,
  • nuclear war,
  • terrorists
  • and even plastic toys in chocolate eggs, which can be a choking hazard if swallowed.

We could sum up our situation and claim it is because of our arrogance or greed as individuals. Or pretend it is ignorance. I say pretend because most of the dangers have been around for quite a while. Yet, many humans tend to believe that scientific data does not apply to them. Laws and regulations are made without adequate collaboration or environmental assessment. (In many, but not all, cases.) Too many people are not engaging in critical thinking.(IMHO)

Folks, I am human. Most Likely YOU ARE HUMAN.

What we do to others, we also do to each other. Endangered species are disappearing. Plants and animals are individual species. The rate of species loss is increasing exponentially. Biodiversity is essential for the health of ecosystems. Protect biodiversity where you live.

I am part of a five generation family. Therefore it is not too difficult for me to consider the impact of my decisions on the SEVENTH GENERATION. I have a real child in mind when I think of what his grandchildren will face.  I am sad when I think of how unlikely he will even see some of the endangered species are disappearing.  Time flies. It seems like it was not long ago that I was wondering about his MOTHER’s future grandchildren. The concept of taking future generations into consideration is not new. It was part of the Iroquois Confederation, and common practice among other indigenous peoples.  Perhaps their real advantage was living close to the land and learning at a young age to read the language of the natural world.

All of that takes creativity and commitment to being responsible for our actions and our consumption of goods and services. I just read a unique article from the Washington Post

about a young man who made significant adaptations in his daily routine to reduce waste and even reduce recycling. All of the trash he had for a year was 2 plastic bags ! That was a voluntary personal experiment in reducing his own “footprint” on the Earth. It is well worth reading and he gives specific advice on how he did it. Check it out.