For decades now, we have been surrounded by protests and campaigns that talk about wildlife preservation. A huge chunk of our syllabus is now dedicated to educating the younger generation about the ill-practices that have been in conduct for several years and have led to a traumatic decline in the numbers of species that made our planet one of a kind.
On one hand, businesses that have unfairly used animals have profited expansively. Elephant tusks for ivory, tiger hides for pristine carpets, animal leather for expensive jackets, dear skin just to mark status–hunting activities have led to many profitable trades at the cost of the environment.
A major side-effect is putting a deadline on our future. Question is, how dreadful is the distance between these two extremes?
What led to this situation?
From recent findings of the census, the human population has grown and continues to multiply at an exponential rate. As a result, it becomes vital to expand the access to resources used to satisfy the needs of the population.
However, our planet has limited resources, because of which a vicious cycle comes into being. This includes exploitation of natural resources, which ultimately leads to scarcity in the near future. Because of this, we are not providing ourselves and the planet the space for sustainable development. Sustainable development refers to the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The gap between resources and requirements keeps widening every minute. While poaching is a banned practice in many countries, animals endemic to certain regions face an alarming decline because these selfish activities still exist.
Already our planet has become a victim to losing many species like the Pyrenean Ibex, the Tasmanian Tiger, the Great Auk and many more. True that natural factors like climate change or meteors in the past are to blame for certain extinctions. But human activities are a major factor that has led to even more decline in species in the recent past. What’s more–this is a factor that is in our control!
Read this article from UN about how wildlife conservation can lead to sustainable development.
What's the solution?
It’s not just a form of social responsibility that we preach that conserving wildlife is important. In addition, there are many scientific reasons for this being the call of the hour–the main being maintaining a balance of biodiversity.
Charles Darwin’s famous book Survival of the Fittest stands as a tough argument for the collapsing graph. However, it cannot be used to overlook the activities that we, as human race, have committed has led to the sharp decline. Meanwhile, if we don’t take efforts to save the endangered animal population today, soon humans, too, will run out of resources to sustain our life on this planet.
So, let’s imbibe this into our everyday lives. Let’s pledge to do our but in saving the wildlife and conserving nature. We have been gifted with a very diverse planet–in terms of the land, the people, the flora and the fauna. Therefore, let’s try to give back to the environment for providing us with gifts that enrich our lives.
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