Monday, October 6, 2008

Help, please.


Okay, this is serious. This is no longer just a "tree hugger's whining" - this is life or death. A new study shows that half - yes, HALF - of the world's mammal species are endangered. We've got to act on this immediately. We've got to rethink the way we live, stop being so greedy, end the destruction of these animals' habitats and ecosystems.

I don't want to have to explain to children of the future that these animals were once here but aren't anymore because we were just too lazy to figure shit out. This is for real and we all need to work toward a viable solution to this devastating problem.

If you're talking to someone about this and they say they "don't care" - you have my permission to hit them really hard.

BARCELONA, Spain - One in two mammal species on Earth are in decline and at least one in four are at risk of disappearing forever, according to a scientific survey released Monday and whose sponsors described the trend as an "extinction crisis" in the making.

"Mammals are declining faster than we thought," said Jan Schipper, lead author of a companion study being published this week in the journal Science.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature released the data compiled by 1,700 experts in 130 countries, adding that the numbers could be even worse given that data was lacking for hundreds of mammal species.
and:
In South and Southeast Asia, 79 percent of primate species are threatened with extinction, the IUCN noted.
You can read the whole article here.

Can you imagine what the world will be like as we sit back and watch these animals just disappear? What will be left? I don't want to think about it. But I have to. We ALL do. Our actions are what will decide the fates of these beautiful animals.

What's more important - a new housing complex or the survival of a species?

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