It seems like a basic and obvious decision – or rather just a natural reflex – to want to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink and ensure that the beautiful natural world around us is safe. But examples that prove this is largely not the case are shocking. Since 1970, global wildlife populations have fallen by 58 percent. Due to factors such as habitat loss and degradation, pollution, and climate change, between 10,000 and 100,000 species go extinct every year and an estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost to deforestation. And these are just a few statistics!

It is now more obvious than ever that we need to be serious about striving to protect natural resources and wildlife. This protection cannot be achieved without the priceless aid of the essential conservation and science funding. Sadly, due to proposed cuts to vital organizations that go along with a string of decisions dreadfully harmful to the environment, the Trump Administration’s new budget could mean a major blow to conservation efforts.

Cutting back on conservation has severe consequences that many of us seem not to realize at all. Natural treasures and monuments as well as countless species are under attack thanks to proposed limits in the Endangered Species Act and cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately, these cuts don’t just spell disaster for animals, but also local communities and the national economy, which benefits enormously from the jobs and sales spawned from national parks and outdoor recreation.

If this makes you upset, you can stand now! Click here to sign Nature Conservancy USA’s petition to Congress to protect funding for conservation!

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