A Message From Earthday.Org
Nature’s gifts to us are the millions of species of animals and plants that provide color and diversity throughout this planet. Unfortunately, human beings have upset the balance of nature – some believe irrevocably. As a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. While we don’t know for sure what caused the dinosaurs to disappear, we do know that human activity is a prime contributor to the extinction rate we see today.
Unprecedented rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity. Deforestation, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides are just a few of the factors leading to loss of habitat. Pollution of the air, land, and water contribute to climate change, and more loss of natural habitat.
We owe it to ourselves and generations to come to act now to prevent extinction of wildlife. Otherwise extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy.
We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more.
The rate of extinctions can still be slowed. Many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together Now. We need to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.
Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:
- Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
- Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
- Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
- Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Check out the Earth Day Network website at earthday.org