I’m sure everyone has heard about the recent issues involving carbon emissions that are accounting for climate change; or as many see it, less snow days. Prompting climate change, humans often look at how our issues and troubles are affecting ourselves. One thing that is often neglected is how animals are affected as a result of human consumption, production and greed. It can be believed that natural selection is accountable for the control of animals, yet human interference is overlooked. Currently speaking, out of the 40,000 thousand animal species that are kept track of, 16,000 are listed as endangered or extinct . The reason for some of these endangered species arriving to their current state may be natural selection, and the inability to adapt and survive in the wild, but in many cases, the endangered status is a result of human negligence.
Out of the thousands of currently endangered animals, there are many notable ones. For example, the tiger population (all of it’s breeds combined) has plummeted to 3,200 in the wild. One may ask what accounts for this meager population… if you haven’t caught on to the answer yet, it’s us… Humans! One of the major issues that contributes to this diminished population is poaching, illegally killing. As alluded to in the National Geographic Article “Illegal Tiger Trade, Why Tigers Are Walking Gold,” there is great money involved in selling tiger skins, bones, teeth, and even claws . The other issue that accounts for the depopulation of tigers is human interactions with the environment. Large industrial companies, such as McDonalds , often tamper with the natural habitats of many animals, when generating profit off building on their land or using it for other reasons. Additionally, with global warming becoming a more serious issue, animal habitats and lives are destroyed by increases in temperature that in turn can destroy ecosystems that animals rely on for food, water, and shelter.
If you aren’t on board yet to solving this cause, here is a short video: https://youtu.be/Q5pyfMzuA-k
What can we do to help? Well, first thing you can do to help become an advocate is visit the ( World Wildlife Foundation) WWF’s website  WWF’s website has multiple solutions on different actions you can take to become one of 6 million worldwide supporters. One of their major initiatives is to take a pledge to a variety of different causes. These causes include writing a letter to the United States Congress to support the Paris Climate Agreement; an initiative to reduce world wide carbon emissions . Another pledge is buying forest-friendly products that come from “responsibly managed forests” . In doing so,you will help promote preserving forests that many animals use as shade from the sun and protection from poachers. What I have mentioned is just a few of the many actions you can take to help the cause. There are more issues revolving animals endangered other than just your typical “save the polar bears”. If you are intrigued by what is going on to these animals who have done nothing wrong, start with WWF’s website and educate yourself. From there, there is an endless list of opportunities to join the cause.
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