Written By Prisha Jain (Grade 4)
There are all sorts of unique, awesome and some profoundly strange species of animals and plants across the earth. Mainly because of human activities and some other reasons wildlife is getting endangered. Endangered species are vulnerable species. The E.S.A ( Endangered species act ) keeps a list of these species and takes action. We need to take cognizance of the grave danger our activities pose to these species. Some of the main activities of the humans that are posing harm to the wildlife of the planet are cutting of trees, hunting and poaching. The more and more human activity continues to deplete the trees, the survival of animals that live on trees is threatened. They slowly become endangered. Tree crowns provide habitat in the canopy, or top layer, of a rainforest. Plants such as vines, fungi such as mushrooms, and insects such as butterflies live in the rain forest canopy. So do hundreds of species of tropical birds and mammals such as monkeys. Loss of habitat can also lead to increased encounters between wild species and people. We have converted the wildlife’s habitats into their graves. Losing even a single species can have disastrous impacts on the rest of the ecosystem because the effects will be felt throughout the food chain and humans are on top of the food chain. Humans and nature are interconnected. Humans depend on nature for survival. From providing cures to deadly diseases to maintaining natural ecosystems and improving the overall quality of life, the benefits of preserving threatened and endangered species are invaluable. The food chain, from the tiniest little microorganisms to the largest creatures on earth, keep us, humans, alive. It’s not just that we should save these endangered creatures for their good, but it’s also for ours. Here are some ways you can do your part to protect the environment…
People sell and buy products like tortoise-shell, ivory, and coral. Boycott / Shun such products. Do not buy plastic products. Take your bags to the store, reuse containers and properly dispose of lightweight plastics. Wild animals get tangled in these products, and they end up in the ocean being ingested by small fish and killing off beneficial microorganisms. Let’s all shun the use plastics and make this globe a real place of beautiful habitats and living beings and make it a peaceful existence for all.
Development for housing, industry, and agriculture reduces the habitat of native organisms. This can happen in several different ways. Development can eliminate habitat and native species directly. In the Amazon rain forest of South America, developers have cleared hundreds of thousands of acres. To “clear” a piece of land is to remove all trees and vegetation from it. The Amazon rain forest is cleared for cattle ranches, logging and urban use.
” Mother nature provides enough for man’s need but not for man’s greed ” – Mahatma Gandhi.
🌴Save the earth, save life🌴
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