Biodiversity Crisis

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As shown by the title, our earth’s biodiversity is at crisis. But some may wonder, what is biodiversity? Wikipedia tells us that biodiversity is the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome, or on the entire Earth. Interesting enough, my science teacher was starting on the Biodiversity chapter when I spotted this poster. We learnt about the classification of species using their common characteristics, but I realize that there are always exceptions. For instance, we know that mammals give birth, however there are those which lay eggs. Also, some of them have wings or fins instead of limbs. This, I feel, is the wonder of biodiversity.

Although a number of new species are discovered and added into different families with millions of others everyday, less than one percent of all species that ever existed still exists today, and the number is still dwindling at an alarming rate. Have you watched the movie “Happy Feet”? This is what will happen if the biodiversity in the polar region decreased. When penguins have no fishes to fill their tummies, with seals constantly on the prowl, sooner or later they will join the Dodos in the museum. Sadly, some men, as portrayed in the movie, are blinded by profits and no longer concern about others. As long as money rolls in their pockets, nothing matters. This is why before we make a move, we must change our attitudes. Or else, before long you will be fed up with the practices. By then, the only species with guaranteed increase in population is human. It’s undeniable that there’s nothing much we can do about alternating other’s attitude, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot try. Ecotourism has its pros and cons, but the cons are worth it if it manages to awaken the heart of ours to protect the biodiversity. Future generations should be exposed to the fact that our earth’s biodiversity needs saving. Frequent visits from schools and families to animal care centres may arise the love for them that should be...
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