Erick Retana

Professor Ramos

English 1A

26 February 2019

Lets Save the World From Extinction!

What are we going to eat when there are no more plants or animals? Roughly 99 percent of threatened species are at risk because of human activities alone. By the early 21st century it could be said that human beings are the greatest threat to biodiversity. An endangered species is a type of organism that is threatened by extinction. Species become endangered for two main reasons: loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation. Global biodiversity is being lost much faster than natural extinction due to changes in land use, unsustainable use of natural resources, invasive alien species, climate change and pollution among others. Extinction is a natural process that would happen with or without humans. But, while that is the case, research shows that extinctions are happening quicker now than ever before. And, loss of habitat is by far the biggest cause.

My position on this topic is that I do not support the endangerment of animals or plants, they are very important to us and our lifestyle. I am a environment lover and I want to keep everything from getting endangered. I have always loved animals my whole life and I find them to be very amazing and smart. Some solutions to this problem is to recycle and buy sustainable products, never purchase products made from threatened or endangered species, make your home wildlife friendly, and do not shoot, trap, or force a threatened or endangered animal into captivity because it can lead to their extinction. Perhaps the greatest threat that faces many species is the widespread destruction of habitat. By protecting habitat, entire communities of animals and plants can be protected together.

When a species becomes endangered, it is a sign that the ecosystem is slowly falling apart. Each species that is lost triggers the loss of other species within its ecosystem. Humans depend on healthy ecosystems to purify our environment. Everything in nature is connected. If you remove one animal or plant it upsets the balance of nature, it can change the ecosystem completely and may cause other animals to suffer. Wild species of plants can be a source of key genes to improve crops that are grown today. in those genes that scientists tie from the DNAs of plants are pest or disease resistance, salt tolerance, and drought resistance. The conservation of endangered species is important. A well-balanced ecosystem purifies the environment, giving us clean air to breathe, a healthy water system to support diverse marine life, and arable land for agricultural production When ecosystems fail, our own health is at risk.

Many of our medicines have come from or been inspired by nature. The loss of plants and animals to extinction takes with it the potential for new cures and drugs that we have yet to discover. If one plant species gets extinct, the potential benefits, such as a source of medicine, will be forfeited. However, many plants may be nearing extinction without our knowledge. These plants could contain thousands of important compounds that can lengthen the human lifespan. Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from illnesses for which there is no known cure. The cures for these diseases eventually come from plants, so we must protect all species before they are lost forever from nature.

One of the strongest arguments for saving endangered animals is simply that we want to. We get a lot of pleasure out of seeing and interacting with animals. Species that go extinct now are no longer around for us or future generations to see and enjoy. They can only learn about them in books and on the internet, and that is heartbreaking to me. Leaving out a legacy for the next generation is a desirable value. We would like our children also to enjoy the benefits that could be gained from wildlife species, not only of their mere existence but for the potential benefits that they can provide.

This topic matters because it provides us with unique plants with medicinal properties, which serve as the foundation of our medicines, and animals have medicinal properties too. When ecosystems fail, our own health is at risk. Endangered animals and plants must be conserved by all means possible. By saving endangered species, we are ultimately saving ourselves.

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