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Terrestrial and Marine Wildlife Conservation
There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction. This is up from 16,118 last year. This includes both endangered animals and endangered plants.
The species endangered include one in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy of extinction. The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. In the last 500 years, human activity has forced over 800 species into extinction.
The current rate of extinction appears to be hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of times higher than the background rate. It is difficult to be precise because most of the endangered species which are becoming disappearing species have never been identified by scientists.
There are already many locales threatened by the effects of exacerbated global warming - like Polynesian Nation-States. Rising sea level are eating away at shoreline, putting great pressure on the ecosystem, and bringing forth a plethora of financial issues for the Developing Countries to tackle.
Other ecosystems around the world are also being threatened - some more directly.
The resource-extraction industry is linked to a considerable amount of the biodiversity loss and environmental degradation of the Amazon River Basin. This not only inflicts its toll on the animal and plant populations, but on the Indigenous cultures that call these forests home.
Habitat preservation is distinct from species conservation in that many habitats, while being home to many species, are also key economic factors for many regions, and the unsustainable use of their resources threatens not only individual species, but the livelihoods of those that live in and near them (often without their consent).
Different Missions, One Goal: Preserve our Planet
A vast many of us don't realize our effects on people sometimes thousands and thousands of miles away - and how could we? The mainstream media does a rather poor job of covering news on the issues that Indigenous Peoples face. As a result, many of us are unaware of the problems they face that we have a direct impact on - such as the recent Quinoa hype that had some unfortunate, unexpected effects on quite a few South American First Nations.
That being said, indigenous peoples around the world are seeing some great strides in improvements to their livelihoods - such as the recent recognition by the Canadian Government of the Sinixt First Nation, or the recent developments in the Dakota Access and Sabal Trail pipelines in the United States.
There are still a plethora of harmful consequences our actions have had on these people though, as our banking and financial services industries rely heavily on investments in companies whose industry has toxic effects on the local ecosystems. Some of those companies even go to great lengths - illegal lengths - to make their profit, with evidence of murder, extortion, and kidnapping.
Through the use of sociably-conscious, socially-aware boycotts, letters to corporate heads en-masse, awareness campaigns, and more (thanks to groups like AmazonWatch for preparing the templates), we stand a chance at reducing our individual impacts on First Nations, and making this world a better place!
With a sizable population of climate change deniers, even in spite of near consensus amongst the scientific community, it's up to future researchers and educators to help develop and implement new technologies, such as advancements in solar cell efficiency, development of fusion-reaction reactors, and more!
A century ago, the entire planet had not been mapped within 50% of the accuracy and range that today's technology has allowed. A century go, humanity dreamed of exploration into the unknown, exploration into the dense, daring jungles, or the mysterious depths of the oceans. Today, it may seem as though the opportunity to explore has left us - but that's far from it! Populating other planets, like Mars, seem to many scientists a feasible possibility in the future, but it will be up to Environmental Scientists to ensure that we can support manmade, encapsulated ecosystems - and to make sure we leave the earth the same way we found it!
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STEM & Nature
Let us look to nature for another renewable resource: education. Using the wilderness and all it has to offer as a means to educate the next generation on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) stands to help us change the proportions and makeup of various socioeconomic strata as well as endow students with the tools to truly change the world like never before.
Because nature is free to use (though not free to corrupt), we develop STEM projects and full-scale educational curricula to be used by low-income school districts to afford their students a game-changing education. STEM programs have been shown to raise a students' lifelong earnings potential, as well as endow them with the skill sets necessary to think prudently about their financial affairs.
In developing an education that utilizes free resources, we are enabling underprivileged students to attain STEM educations as well as an appreciation for the environment for all it can offer them. Our hope is to inspire students to pursue careers in the rising STEM workforce within conservation and sustainability.
At the end of the day, all of our efforts are a means to and end: the preservation of our beautiful planet. While working on the battle to combat climate change, to preserve the unique species endemic to various locales, to maintain the cultural identity of First Nations, we must learn to also enjoy our surroundings.
Before we can inspire others to work to save the planet, we must show them there is something worth saving. To that end, we host hikes that are enjoyable on the surface, and offer in depth explorations of the world around us.
A single straw may be bent by the wind, but a bundle of straws may build a house. Together we can make a difference.