Millions of birds, endangered species of whales and other sea life and coral reefs are dying each and every day from human error and abuse. What can we do to help? Many have suggested the use of bottled water, but what about the rainforests? If we don’t take the time to preserve these precious resources for future generations, what will happen to our food supply? How will we survive?
We can make a difference. One individual has taken it upon themselves to try and do something about this problem. Paul Vanderslice has created The Great Lakes Restoration Corporation as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping provide clean water and restore the eco-system of the Great Lakes. They are working hard to reverse the alarming decline in the quantity and quality of the lake’s water.
How does it work? The corporation will travel to areas where pollution is the worst, like the Kalahari Desert in Africa. Once there, they will test the soil to determine if there are problems buried beneath it. Once they have determined the problem, they will try and save the species that are currently in danger.
So where do you go to help out? Global warming is one of the biggest threats to nature in the modern era. A great deal of the planet is now covered with ice that is melting and the water that stays above it is being threatened by rising temperatures. Vanderslice is working to keep species like the Asian Civet that are threatened because they are in such severe trouble. He has saved them from extinction.
There are several others that can be saved as well. In Florida, for example, rare species have been brought back from the brink of extinction after being saved from hunters. At one time, the Everglades had no wildebeests at all, but now they have populations of all kinds. It is a project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest to help bring back the majestic leatherback turtle to its natural habitat.
In India, the Royal Bengal Tigers have been hunted so severely over the past few decades that their numbers have been reduced to barely a few hundred. One group of them, the Bengal National Park, has saved the Sumatran tiger from near extinction. Other groups like the World Wildlife Fund have done similar in Sri Lanka. One group in particular, called “The Non-Resistance Movement”, has saved not just one but dozens of tiger species from poaching and habitat destruction.
The animals’ habitats are also threatened by new diseases, pollution, and other forms of environmental destruction. There are efforts to save the species in China. They have succeeded to a certain extent. There is even some evidence that suggests that some groups of animals are able to breed, even though in small numbers. This is a very slow breeding process, however, which makes it difficult for conservationists to establish how many of the animals’ number are in reality bred.
These projects have helped to bring back many species. One reason for this is that they give the poor animal’s shelter and a better chance of survival. If you want to help save the endangered animals that exist today, then it pays to get involved in these projects. They work and they are worth it!