STATES CHRONICLE – A new study has suggested that by 2100 almost half of all species living on our planet will be gone. Several ecologists, economists, and biologists have gathered in Vatican at the Biological Extinction conference to discuss the future of all the species which are threatened with extinct or which are already listed under the Endangered Species Act.
They have discussed the options we, people, could use to save the engendered animals and preserve the populations of those species which are on the verge of extinction. Specialists stated that about one out of five species is currently in danger, being threatened with extinction. Some researchers have estimated that these numbers could increase and reach 50% of all animals by the end of 2100.
If we do not start taking action against global warming, poaching, fishing and hunting, then we will witness the extinction of half of the existing species. We would be the only ones to be blamed. The organizers of the conference claimed that endangered species like tigers and rhinoceros are the ones present in many headlines, but there are a lot of many other species which are suffering due to global warming.
If we seem like we have forgotten it, we should remember that all the plants and animals living on our planet are crucial for our existence. They represent our source of food and oxygen. Many plants are also used in the development of medicines, purify the water and the air, regenerate the soil and absorb the carbon emissions. During the conference, specialists suggested that all that means life here on Earth is slowly slipping through our fingers like sand.
If we proved how much we care about these species and, mainly, ourselves, we would manage to save many species with minimum effort. If these creatures and plants die, we die. Isn’t it easier for us to invest massive funds into protecting them and, thus, saving us? Paul Elrich, a biologist at Stanford University, put the blame on rich Western countries when looking at the declining of the environment.
Rich Western Countries are profiting off of our planet’s resources, damaging its ecosystems at an unrivaled rate. The human race proved to put more value on material things than on life itself. We prefer to fish all the fish in the sea and destroy the coral reefs, allowing the emission of the greatest carbon dioxide quantity into the atmosphere.
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