March 3rd will mark the UN’s first annual World Wildlife Day. This day is not only an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of the world’s flora and fauna, but to bring attention to the rapid pace of extinction of species around the world and the need to preserve them.
Over the years, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has continuously updated their list of endangered species. The list is divided into five categories: Least Concerned, Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered and Critically Endangered.
(For more on this list, click here).
Why are they going extinct?
Species go extinct for several reasons- but mainly because of humans. Reasons include but are not limited to:
- Habitat Loss/Destruction
- Over Fishing and Over Hunting
- Introduction of exotic species
What can we do?
In order to combat the extinction of species we can forum form consensus on how to best help animals and plants survive. For example, the United Nations has many programs- such as the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)- that help create monitoring systems of ecosystems to track their development or destruction.
But as world citizens, we can help too.
Steps to help
- Talk to those around you about the issue, let them know the facts;.
- Develop a consensus on the issue and how you and your team wish to help;
- Stay informed;
- Contact the WWF, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) or an organization near you to volunteer or donate money and supplies;
- Petition your government representative to support the defending defense of Wildlife in his or her area and even around the world.