With the pollution, changing climate, and how we treat Earth, a new mass extinction may be near. All of the changes in the world may seem like they are helping us, but they are actually harming the earth, and are leading us to another mass extinction. Fortunately, there are many ways we can stop this next mass extinction, while some may seem unconventional, others can be done very easily in our everyday lives.
Ways that Mass Extinctions are caused
The first way that mass extinctions are caused is by burning fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels and destroying rainforests is causing the earth’s atmosphere to get warmer. This is greatly affecting the planet by causing global warming which is destroying the habitats for many of earths animals, causing them to die out. The second way a new mass extinction may be caused is by illegal wildlife trafficking. All across the world, illegal wildlife trafficking is happening, endangered animals are being killed, and they are sold on the black market. Most of the animals that are hunted have some valuable feature which is why they are hunted, and endangered. If the killing and selling of animals illegally continues, some species of animals will possibly go extinct, which in turn could cause another mass extinction. The final way that another mass extinction may be caused is by human population growth. The more people there are, the more resources are needed, the more fossil fuels are burned, the more animals are killed, and the list goes on. There is a movie quote that explains this very well This universe is finite, its resources, finite if life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist.. If the population of humans keeps growing, we will continue to destroy the earth, and cause another mass extinction. The Difference in Climate Now and Then
I recently asked my parents a few questions about the climate. The questions were What is the climate in your area ?, Has it changed since you, your parents, or even your grandparents were younger?, compared from then to now, is it the same?, has it changed?, if it has changed, how?. My parents said that the climate in their area is hot and humid in the summer, and cold and sometimes warm in the winter. They also said that when they were young it was way colder in the winter then it is now, but it stayed about the same in the summer. This shows that not only has the climate changed, but the climate gradually got warmer over many years. This shows that the earth is warming up, and if this continues, it could cause another mass extinction.
What steps can we take in our community to steer away from Mass Extinction
It may seem like there is no easy way to steer away from the path of mass extinction, but there are actually ways we can do it in our community. First, we can stop burning fossil fuels by switching to electric cars, solar, wind, and hydroelectric energy as safer alternatives to burning fossil fuels. The second way we can steer away from mass extinction is by stopping illegal wildlife trafficking which we can do in our community by making advertisements that make people not want to use those products, and by not using those products so that less and less animals are killed. The final way we can get off the path of mass extinction is by slowing the growth of human population. This may sound silly or even unethical, but if we take the steps in our community today to slow down the growth rate of the human population, less resources will be used, and the further we can steer away from mass extinction. These are ways that we can steer away from mass extinction in our community.
Stopping mass extinction is very difficult, and maybe impossible, but the small steps we take in our community can greatly help us get off of the path of mass extinction. There are many things that can cause mass extinction, but they also give us ways to help stop mass extinction. These are steps that we can take in our community to change our path away from mass extinction.