4.5 billion years ago, the Earth was formed. The molten rock cooled, the plants sprouted and eventually, animals began to roam the land. While the origin of humans may be up for debate, the developing ruin of our planet is not up for argument. The ozone layer has a hole in it, our cities are filled with smog, the forests are lessening and quicker and quicker, our animals are dying out.
According to research published in the highly-acclaimed scientific journal Science, humans are killing off species a thousand times faster than nature creates them. According to Stuart Pimm, a conservation ecologist at Duke University and the president of a nonprofit conservation group named Saving Species, Earth should only lose a bird species once every thousand years. However, at least 150 bird species have gone extinct in only 500 years. What does that say about how we are treating this planet? Surely, nature didn't intend for humans to kill out absolutely everything.
The article, from Live Science, ended with the line "It's like death and taxes...[extinction numbers] may be inevitable, but you don't want them to be too high."
It really is a shame. Our planet is quickly falling apart in many different ways and we, as a whole, are doing nothing about it. By the time we decide to do something significant about the issue, it'll be too late. A world without tigers, elephants, fish, and all other animals wouldn't be a world at all. The view of the impact each species has on the planet is often underrated. For example, many people hate spiders. Tons of people would do anything to just have them go extinct. But do they know how the world would be without them? Spiders are responsible for taking out crop pest insects, mosquitoes, flies and many more annoying and dangerous insects. Without them, we'd be swarmed with insects on a daily basis and it would be nearly unmanageable. Even though they give people the heebie-jeebies, spiders are essential to many ecosystems. As are all the animals that exist on this planet.
We must conserve our planet. It's not an option. If not for the animals' well-being, we need to do it for the continuation of humanity. We will not continue to exist if not for all of the species we coexist with. There needs to be more efforts toward protecting and improving the various dying ecosystems around us. The fall of the planet is approaching, but together, we can reverse the damage we have caused.