Endangered Species Day was started by the US Senate to bring attention to the large number of species that are struggling to survive. It is recently passed legislation and was sponsored by Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island.
Everyone can play a role in conserving what remains of the world’s natural, wild biological diversity. Recent media reports indicate many species are on the decline, mainly due to human activities. Dr Stuart Butchart of the United Nations Environment Programme said of their current research, “Our data show that 2010 will not be the year that biodiversity loss was halted, but it needs to be the year in which we start taking the issue seriously and substantially increase our efforts to take care of what is left of our planet.”
Stop Extinction, The Endangered Species Coalition has assembled a number of helpful resources related to the event, including what you can do, and a teacher’s toolkit. Stop Extinction also has a list of events you can attend. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has provided an endangered species online quiz. The National Wildlife Federation has a list of actions to take in order to preserve habitats and wild animals.
For example, simply making a post on Facebook can spread information that can be passed on and create a wave of attention. Of course, you are free to create your own contributions, or do your own research to support Endangered Species Day.
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