January 5, 2011

It’s Getting Hot Out There For Endangered Species.

© Paul Nicklen, iLCP

Even for the most die-hard climate change deniers, you’ve got to admit… It’s getting hot out there — and not in a good way.

Today, the Endangered Species Coalition released a report that spurs us to answer the question: if we are serious about protecting endangered species from climate change where do we begin? Well, the Coalition has some ideas… A panel of scientists identified the top 10 ecosystems to save in a warming world — i.e., these are the places we’ve got to save in order to save the world’s most iconic species. Yes, it’s kind of a big deal.

The scientists considered the ecosystem’s ecologic importance, significance for threatened and endangered species, climate change vulnerability, as well as the ecosystem’s potential to improve its resiliency to climate change via conservation measures.

The urgency for greatly expanding our commitment to conservation measures has never been higher. We still have time to save many of our ecosystems and endangered species. The American spirit is surely up to the task. This is an outline of where to start. Please join us in this call to action.

So, why save the world’s key endangered species? If you have to ask that question, we’ve got a bigger problem, but in short… Whether we like it or not, we’re all interconnected. And when we let one of these species blink out — no matter how tiny — it affects us. And the more we let go extinct, the more we feel it. Until ultimately, we’re the ones on the brink of extinction.

What do you think? Are you up to the task? The Coalition has also identified 10 things you can do to help. Ride your bike, change your light bulbs, conserve water, buy local… The choices you make today and everyday will decide if we save our endangered species… And ultimately ourselves.

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