Essay On Wildlife Extinction

Extinction is necessary for the Earth’s natural order. It is used as the world 's way of weeding out the weaker species that are unable to adapt or evolve to environmental change thus consequently dying out to make room for the newer better-adapted species which is key in providing the earth with a more sustainable and better-equipped equilibrium. With five mass extinctions notched into the earth 's belt it can hardly be denied that evolution and extinction are anything but a necessary, yet dark, way of life. Therefore, what makes modern wildlife extinction so different in comparison to previous times? A dramatic root to the environments imbalance in extinction can be linked back to the influence of man. In modern day humans hold the ability …show more content…
Currently, mankind has begun to reach a state of overpopulation that is globally unsustainable; “during the wars, in the twentieth century, the world population has increased that very century from 1.6 to 6 billion. The limits of the sustainable regeneration power of the earth have been surpassed for the first time. Until then humanity could live from the returns of the earth’s natural capital.” (Couwenberg, 2008) Therefore the first action we could potentially take to decrease our impact on global wildlife is to decrease our population thus reducing the stress put on the lands that would be used to support our population. This decrease in population would lead to lower reliance on corporations as well which is a leading cause of species habitat loss, “A 20-year study has shown that deforestation and introduction of non-native species have led to about 12.5% of the world’s plant species to become critically rare.”(Knight, 1998). In addition to lowering the human, it is necessary to find a way to influence these species natural order as little as possible, only stepping in when necessary like if a keystone species is at risk. We also need to understand the environment before we can act; “the impact of some current and past practices on ecosystem functioning, key ecological components, and their interactions at different spatial scales deserves further investigation” (Cordonnier & Peyron, 2015). The creation of a habitat human impact assessment and regulations though should not be limited to the interference of human actions that are contributing to species risk factors it should also be adaptable to creating an assessment that will limit all unnecessary human-wildlife interference such as the protection of unadaptable species without any sufficient evidence on the effects it could have on the current environment; “We should do everything we can to save the giant panda

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