The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) says that there are over thousands of species that are about to go extinct. With the organizations battle with the phenomena, the problem is only getting worse. Yes, there is nothing wrong with enjoying and using the fruits of nature. You or some people you know such as friends and family might be one those individuals. However, consuming it to the extent that humans don’t think twice before eradicating particular species is something out of boundary.
What’s The Issue Of The Extinction?
The extinction of some of the species in the world may not be a big deal for some. That’s because they assume that losing these animals won’t affect the environment. Well, they are wrong. As humans continue to screw up everything about the ecosystem, species are dying out in actual high rates. The problem with that is the creation of an imbalance in biodiversity. Perhaps one of the main reasons why some people ignore the importance of saving wildlife is the expensive cost. People don’t want to consider sacrificing big on their part. Usually, developing countries take a toll on this situation. No businesses want to look at these creatures as contributors to the environment and only see them as part of the luxurious industry of clothing, accessories, collectible items, etc.
Preserving the existence of different animals is a lengthy and challenging process. But if humans can destroy beautiful creatures in an instant, they can find ways to protect it then. In this article, we looked at some of the most helpful ways to protect endangered animals as well as to preserve their existence.
- Increase Knowledge
By taking an interest in the problem, people can begin to see the different side of the world. From there, they can think about ways on how to solve it. No, they don’t have to tackle the whole world’s issues. As long as they check out and participate in local initiatives, individuals can make a huge difference in helping wildlife.
After all, animals have made a considerable contribution just like John Capitanio, PhD, says, “The study of nonhuman animals has played a
considerable role in psychology, and it continues to do so today. If you’ve taken an introductory psychology class, then you have probably read about seminal psychological research that was done with animals: Skinner’s rats, Pavlov’s dogs, Harlow’s monkeys.”
- Reduce The Threat Of Invasive Species
A non-native plant or animal entering an environment with the harm of unbalancing its cycle are invasive species. It makes other living things behave in a way they are not supposed to and damages the ecosystem by handing out unsure effects. Usually, the problem is from international trade and the transport of foreign species. This new life disrupts the balance of an already functioning ecosystem either by becoming unwanted predators or by outnumbering other species over time.
- Raise Awareness
A little word of mouth can achieve so much. Therefore, the best way to save endangered animals is always to keep talking about it. If people are aware of the worrying status of a specific species, then it’s essential to impart the wisdom unto others. People don’t necessarily need to do much. As long they are sharing information, everyone can recognize their responsibility and contribution.
People need to learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Since we know that plastics are one the most harmful contributor of marine debris, there’s a need in decreasing it or might as well get rid of it to save the environment. If more people recycle, fewer animals would be displaced. But at the very least, people should learn not to litter. Once there’s a habit of not throwing anything in the ocean and streets, it will eventually create a chain reaction.
One of the consistent battles for saving wildlife is the consumers purchasing of products made from endangered species. People should have common sense. If the products look as if an animal or a plant gets killed only to make it, then people shouldn’t buy it.
Are The Animals Worth Saving?
There are ethical and moral arguments when it comes to saving species. These include the belief that all life belongs to the world and they have the right to live. After all, just as Jessica Pierce, PhD, says, “New research in psychology suggests (and common sense confirms) that
valuing humans and valuing animals tend to go hand in hand. There appear to be close links between how much moral value we accord to animals and how much we accord to other humans, especially those who are different from us.”
However, it is more reasonable to look at some factors why humans should care in preserving endangered animals. People’s survival depends on it because living things in an ecosystem depend on each other. The many kinds there are, the healthier the ecosystem can get. The forest, deserts, grasslands, and marine life, everything runs in a complete sequence.
Each one of these ecosystems helps humans by providing them with unique benefits. These include water, food, and natural resources which are collectively known as ecosystem services. Therefore, the disappearance of a particular species inevitably creates a significant impact on the whole ecological cycle. But the serious problem is not the fact of knowing what disappears in the ecosystem; it is the prediction of how the loss of a particular species will alter the environmental cycle after it’s gone. Well, no one can tell until it’s all too late.
People won’t contribute something to the environment as long as they are not prepared to face the consequences. According to Susan Clayton, Ph.D., “research has shown that human behaviour has contributed to global climate change and that human behaviour will have to help us mitigate and adapt to its effects. Some have suggested that people aren’t sufficiently invested in nature and therefore don’t engage in behaviours that would help alleviate climate change, pollution and other environmental damage.”
If given a chance to ask you, how much are you willing to sacrifice only to preserve these endangered animals?