Twenty-three more species are officially extinct, according to The Washington Post. Many were indigenous to Hawaii and other islands. And many more endangered species will soon follow suit due to human behavior that causes climate change and habitat destruction.
The Endangered Species Act helps to protect species by protecting their habitats, but it is important to understand that biodiversity loss and climate change go hand in hand. And preventing biodiversity loss from climate change is much more difficult under the current laws in the United States.
Consider the following ways that species can go extinct: global warming causes sea ice to melt, and Walruses rely on sea ice to hunt for prey. Warming temperatures increase the number of mosquitos which spread disease to threatened bird species. These problems arise from global pollution and require an all-hands-on-deck solution. Protecting habitats is necessary, but not sufficient. You can sign this petition urging President Biden, Congress, and U.S. government agencies to focus their efforts on reversing climate change and protecting endangered species.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Urge the US Government to Address the Extinction Crisis
- List Monarch Butterflies as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act
- Relist Gray Wolves on the Endangered Species Act
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