Love. NOT Loss.
Conservation begins within our hearts
Vamsi Krishna N
Imagine-John Lennon by Vamsi Krishna N
Where We Are and How We Got Here
We live in a world where space is limited. Humans are taking over, and many plant and animal species are suffering as a result. Does anyone care? How is it that nature seems to have no more value to our everyday lives? Global extinction rates of species other than humans seem to be dramatically increasing at alarming rates. Experts warn that we will lose one-fifth of the species on the planet in the next thirty years. If nothing is done to reverse the current trends, half of the species on earth will be gone in the next century. There are already so many endangered species around the world due to habitat destruction and human intervention, causing many ecosystems to fall apart. While many people shake their heads as more and more animals are added to the list of extinct species, few are aware of the enormity of the problem and the ways we can prevent it from escalating any further. Let's take a look at a few faces that the world is dangerously close to forgetting.
"It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever."
The Tasmanian Tiger
We were a little too late in to save this powerful and majestic animal. However, we can see the tragic loss of the Tasmanian Tiger due to human intervention and exploitation as a cautionary tale. Man acted as the single most vicious predator of the Tasmanian Tiger, using the animal for food and profit. This animal, that roamed the planet over 2,000 years ago, is a prime example of the destructive tendencies of man.
The Island Fox
Native to California, the Island Fox is now critically endangered. Livestock grazing has depleted the abundance of native shrubs, which the Island Fox uses primarily to evade its predators. There have also been several diseases and parasites that have caused a decline in the population. The Island Fox provides many benefits to the people of California and tourists because of its uniqueness and beauty, which could serve as an opportunity to educate the public on indigenous species.
The Snow Leopard
Known throughout the world for its beautiful fur and elusive behavior, the snow leopard is now endangered. Found in the rugged mountains of Central Asia, this species is the top predator of its ecosystem. Without the snow leopard, the food web in the ecosystem would be unstable, resulting in the death of other species within its ecosystem. However, this species tells a tale of hope. Conservation actions have already taken place, and humans need to stop killing this beautiful animal for its fur. We need to stop taking over its habitat that was once solely a part of nature, not human society.
Stop the Clock on Extinction - Conservation International (CI)
We must remember why we love nature in the first place. We should be committed to conserve our animals because of the love in our hearts that we feel when interacting with nature. We must promote awareness of the majestic beauty found in nature all around us through education and communication. This public awareness is what will ultimately lead to change and action. People must be able to see the benefits of making their own contribution to conserving our wondrous nature. It is love for the species in our own hearts that will make us change, not simply the loss of them.