Species

Extinction

Act to save every living plant and animal facing extinction.

Colin Chase

Our Take

The 6th Extinction isn’t an unpredictable natural phenomenon, it’s human caused and you can help prevent it.

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Quick Facts

1000

1,000 meters/year is the rate at which species will need to move to stay in a climate that is habitable to their needs.[1]

8.7

8.7 million is the estimated number of species on Earth, including 5.87 million animals that haven’t been discovered yet.[4]

20%

The rate at which we’re currently slowing extinction through conservation measures and protected refuges. Imagine if we did more!

1000

1000x is the accelerated rate at which extinction is occurring because of climate change, overhunting, pollution, and habitat destruction.[5]

What’s happening?

When you think of extinction, you may think of the dinosaurs. Maybe you picture giant meteors, volcanic eruptions, or an ice age. Massive extinction events have occurred throughout history, but did you know we are living through one right now? Scientists refer to it as the 6th Extinction. There are millions of species on Earth, and it’s predicted that millions have yet to be discovered, but many are disappearing. It’s hard to pin down the exact rate of extinction because so many have disappeared before we even discovered them, but scientists agree on one thing: the current species extinction rate is the highest it’s been in human history. And it’s growing. In fact, this rate is “now comparable to the five previous catastrophic events over the past 600 million years, during which up to 95 percent of the planet’s species disappeared”.[2]

So what exactly is the big threat to Earth’s biodiversity? Climate change holds some of the responsibility as do people. As our populations have increased, so has our consumption of resources. As we continue to harvest the planet’s resources, we consume valuable habitats, pollute water sources, and in some cases, over hunt. As climate patterns change, every species from the tiniest bug to the biggest predators, even plants and microscopic organisms, are impacted. Species have to rapidly adapt to survive changing temperatures, new rainfall patterns, moving food sources, and increased competition. Unfortunately, many can’t adapt fast enough to keep up with the pressures.

What are the effects?

Picture a Jenga tower with all its wooden blocks in place. Each block represents a different plant, animal, or other organism. If you take a couple blocks away, the tower still stands. Take too many away, though, and it will eventually collapse. The same concept applies to Earth’s biodiversity. As species go extinct, it’s like removing a block from the tower. Remove too many and the planet’s biodiversity will collapse. While humanity is a driver of these changing forces, it’s not exempt from the consequences. Good news is there’s still time to reduce our environmental impact, mitigate climate changes, and preserve a balanced biodiversity.

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Myself

Imagine Your Impact

By visiting national wildlife refuges or local nature centers, you can support their conservation efforts and get involved in the cause!

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My Family

Safe Places, One House At A Time

While we love nature, we want to make sure it stays wild and outside. Through safe practices, your family can protect the wildlife around your home!

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My Community

Create Native Gardens

By creating native gardens, communities can work together to promote and sustain healthy ecosystems.

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How You Can Help

By visiting national wildlife refuges or local nature centers, you can support their conservation efforts, promote education of endangered species near you, and even get involved in the cause by volunteering!

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How Your Family Can Help

While we love nature, we want to make sure it stays wild and outside. Keep your trash bins secure to prevent animals from consuming non-food materials. Place decals on your windows to prevent bird collisions. Steer away from herbicides and pesticides that are poisonous to wildlife and build up in the soil. Through safe practices, your family can protect the wildlife around your home!

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How Your Community Can Help

By creating native gardens, communities can promote healthy ecosystems, provide food and shelter for pollinators, and increase resilience against invasive plants.

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Are you or your organization doing something to slow the rise of this cause that TCI should know about or feature? Let us know!

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