What Statistics Tell Us About Wildlife Endangerment
Wildlife Faces Mass Extinction
Our planet’s population of vertebrate wildlife, which includes all mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians, have more than halved between 1970 and 2010, according to the 2014 Living Planet Report published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
A glimpse into this mass extinction is highlighted by the fact that the Earth loses around 27,000 species of animal or plant life every year, says a report by PBS.org.
Why is Our Wildlife at Risk?
The primary reason for wildlife being at risk is the tremendous increase in human population. The human population has increased from around 1 billion in 1800 to over 6 billion in 2000. Scientists predict our population to reach 9 billion people by 2050, according to data revealed by the Population Reference Bureau.
This increase in human population poses a threat to wildlife mainly through:
- Hunting for food, decoration and other commercial value
- Destruction of animals’ natural habitat for agriculture, establishment of industries, and urban developments
- Oil spill
- Global warming
Down 40% in last 10 years
Victim of global warming
Odobenus rosmarus divergens
Threatened by Arctic ice melting
Threatened by oil spills
Survived 100 mn years
Victim of consumption as sushi
Gorilla beringei beringei
Less than 1,000 surviving
Threatened by deforestation
Less than 100 surviving
Threatened by deforestation
What You Can Do
Learn and Spread Awareness: Get information about the importance of wildlife in maintaining the ecological balance and what can happen if species keep becoming extinct. Then share your knowledge and encourage people to do their bit in conserving wildlife.
Limit Consumption: Avoid wastage and adopt recycling. Humans compete with animals for food. Deforestation takes place to provide paper, rubber, wood and a host of other products. So, be mindful of avoiding wastage of any kind. Recycle paper, plastic bags and glass bottles.
Say No: To buying products made from wild animals. If people avoid buying such products, the animals will no longer be hunted for their fur, skin, bones, etc.
Reduce Pollution: Carpool, walk instead of driving, save electricity and conserve water. You can plant trees to reduce pollution.
Contribute: Work with or donate money to organizations that focus on conserving wildlife. One can be associated with a nonprofit organization that focuses on lowering the extent of this environmental crises, and rehabilitating what's left, says Gary Butler Family Foundation.
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