International Day of Endangered Species

This world isn’t ours alone and the nature isn’t ours to torment. The history of human race has always blemished this planet for plants and animals just by existing and there can be no argument to justify that our lives are more vital than theirs. If a term like ‘endangered humans’ does not exist, it is upon us to make sure that terms like ‘endangered animals’ and ‘endangered plants’ do not exist as well. Any species from flora or fauna that is on the verge of extinction is considered to be endangered species. When we refer any particular species as endangered their counting is basically in their last 1000s, 100s, or maybe even 10s. According to IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Union), at any given instance 40% of total flora and fauna combined and known to human race is on the verge of extinction. That is 1,16,000 species combined, are on a serious verge of extinction as said of 2019. But given the current scenario the above statistics might have lowered the species from the particular danger. The major reasons around which this issue of endangered species revolve are human activities that include Animal Poaching, deforestation, uncontrolled increase in human population, and many other reasons supporting the above statement. It won’t be wrong to say that it is the selfish human activity that has lead to this disturbed numbers of left animals as well as plants. Some of the species that are on the verge of disappearing forever from the Earth are Tigers, Cheetahs, Asian Elephants, Polar Bear, Giant Panda, Koalas, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Mountain Gorilla and many more. Stats show that the number of tigers is below 3000 which is a major concern since they affect the food chain at higher rates. In 2010 Wildlife Protection Act was implemented for tigers so as to control the poaching. We are the initiators of climate change, deforestation or any other activities that affects the animal/plant life. We need to know that nature flourished better when humans didn’t interfere the cycle. And this is an issue that needs to be addressed seriously. We need to know that humans, plants and animals are inter-dependent on each other and thus their survival is a necessity for our survival. We need to change our habits, activities and our way of life of taking nature for granted as we have done over the past years. At the end we would like to conclude saying that humans and nature have flourished to their best in past and we still can but only if we make a change.

To quote Jane Goodall,

“Only if we understand, we can care

Only if we care, we will help

And only if we help, SHALL THEY BE SAVED!”

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