Conservation

Word Wildlife Day

Did you notice?

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Yesterday was World Wildlife Day…

It feels, that celebration went rather unnoticed.

The UN website says “The fate of the world’s wildlife will soon be in the hands of the next generation.” I must disagree. The fate of the world’s wildlife, the fate of us, and the fate of us in our hands, besides natural forces. I think we should do everything we can, to stop loss of diversity due to human activity, such as deforestation, overpopulation, and resource extraction.

On one hand, there are efforts to clone woolly  mammoth and the passenger pigeon from preserved DNA, on the other hand we loose probably more than one species a day.

I have never seen a passenger pigeon. It was once the most common bird in North America. Due to deforestation and overhunting, passenger pigeons disappeared from the wild. In 1914 the last member of this species died in captivity. Her name was Martha.

R.W. Shufeldt, Osteology of the Passenger Pigeon

At that time nobody bothered to breed  and maintain the species. That was a mere 100 years ago.

Have we changed our attitude towards preserving wildlife?

Barely.

World Wildlife Day goes by largely unnoticed.

We have bigger fish to fry. Grow the economy, border up the country, go to Mars…

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One thought on “Word Wildlife Day

  1. Ditto to that.

    I believe it should be everyone’s responsibility (to maintain & preserve our wildlife and nature reserves) right now. The more wildlife that are killed off and their habitats destroyed, the more the balance of nature is upset.

    Of course we now have plagues of certain insects and birds raiding our food crops, we’ve killed off their natural predators (or destroyed the natural predators habitats).

    I think we could learn much from indigenous peoples who still live the same way of life as they have for hundreds, (if not thousands), of years. They hunted only what they could eat that day and generally, their hunter-gather lifestyles worked alongside nature, not against it.

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