We share our planet with countless incredible creatures, from the grizzly on the ridgeline to the bee in the meadow, from the wolf in the forest to the butterfly in our backyard. Many are on the brink of extinction. It’s up to us to protect endangered species and the habitats they call home.
But the sad reality is that America’s wildlife is on the decline. A United Nations report from 2019 warns that 1 million plant and animal species worldwide could go extinct within decades — due largely to human activity. This threat of mass extinction is accelerating a larger crisis in our ecosystems: biodiversity. In September of 2020 the UN Convention on Biodiversity issued a dire report, warning that “Biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate.” But it’s not too late for endangered species.
At a time when we’re running short on nature, we need to do everything we can to protect it. We need to convince our fellow Americans that we should no longer tolerate sacrificing nature for a little more oil, timber or other economic productions.
Court ruling gives an early birthday present to the Endangered Species Act
Senior Director, Conservation America Campaign, Environment America Research & Policy Center
Director, Public Lands Campaign, Environment America Research & Policy Center
Director, Protect Our Oceans Campaign, Environment America Research & Policy Center