The Conservation Of Earth 's Preservation Essay

980 Words Apr 25th, 2015 4 Pages
According to Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of the International Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN), “Sustainability is a matter of life and death for people on the planet. A sustainable future cannot be achieved without conserving biological diversity – animal and plant species, their habitats and their genes—not only for nature itself, but also for all seven billion people who depend on it” (“Endangered Species 'Red List ' Update”). Although biodiversity loss and extinction are natural occurrences, strong scientific evidence indicates the current rate of biological diversity loss and extinction is far higher than the natural or background rate of the past (Karaim 499-500). Due to effective conservation actions implemented in the United States under the Endangered Species Act, approximately ninety-nine percent of species previously recorded as endangered or threatened were able to avert extinction. However, species cessation of existence on a global scale continues to exacerbate due to the harmful influence people have on the environment. Skeptics question whether the mission of earth’s preservation is worth the substantial sum of money required to facilitate such an endeavor. Yet most conservation programs suffer from inadequate funding; furthermore, more sizable economic figures can be determined from the negative effects of invasive species, life-support services provided by ecosystems, and the several medical contributions from various species.…

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