Ever-growing environmental threats are pushing a wide range of animal and plant species to the brink of mass extinction.
The looming extinction is so massive that the WWF has warned that it might be the second-largest extinction since the dinosaurs.
There are currently 142,500 animal and plant species on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 40,000 of them being marked as “threatened with extinction.”
The WWF said, “Around one million species could go extinct within the next decade, which would be the largest mass extinction event since the end of the dinosaur age.”
WWF Germany director Eberhard Brandes said, “Species conservation is no longer just about defeating an environmental problem, but is rather about the question of whether or not humanity will eventually end up on the Red List in an endangered category and thereby become a victim of its own lifestyle.”
This potential for mass extinction continues to grow as we have already lost a great number of species in 2021. With the ever-present risk of climate change growing, the potential for even more lost species in 2022 is very likely.
A few species did make a surprising comeback in 2021, but we cannot become too comfortable with the population numbers. If we do not start doing more to protect these species, they could be gone before we know it.
Sign this petition to tell Congress to pass the Extinction Crisis Emergency Act, and to urge President Joe Biden to use the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to mobilize resources that will save animals’ and plants’ lives. He must declare the current extinction events a national emergency!
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