Posted by: diannawolf | November 4, 2009

Why should you protect ecosystems?

Have you ever heard of a Sahara Oryx or Scimitar-horned Oryx?  If not, you are not alone.  Why haven’t you heard of this animal?  The Sahara Oryx or Scimitar-horned Oryx is listed as extinct.  While there are still a few of these animals living, none have been found in the wild in recent years.  Why is the Sahara Oryx extinct?  Due to overhunting and habitat loss, these animals are no longer found in the wild.  While the Sahara Oryx still exists, it exists in captivity.

If the ecosystem had been protected, the Sahara Oryx would probably still be found in the wild.  When humans or natural disasters destroy a large quantity of habitats for a specific group of animals, the animals have nowhere to live.  Without a habitat, the animals have to change their ways of life, which could cause other animals to also change their life.  One habitat lost can affect many species of animals and plants.  This can ultimately affect human life, too.

Why do you think you should protect ecosystems?  Is it important to protect ecosystems, or are there enough animals in the world that the Earth will be ok with having some animals become extinct?  Post comments below to explain to why we should or should not protect ecosystems.

Posted by: diannawolf | November 4, 2009

What can you do?

Have you ever wondered if you can have an impact on the world?  Would you believe me if I told you that you could save many lives?  Humans aren’t the only lives you can save.  You can save animals and plants by protecting the ecosystem where they live.

Humans and natural disasters can destroy ecosystems, but you can make a difference.  The Center for Ecosystem

Survival lists a few ways that you can help to protect many lives.  By donating money, you can save coral reefs in the ocean or perhaps even save an entire acre of land in the rainforest.  The money not only saves the reef and rain forest, but the animals and plants in the area that are also affected by the coral reef ecosystem and the rain forest ecosystem.

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Ecosystems not only provide habitats and food for animals, but it also provides many resources for humans such as food and medicines .  Without protection of ecosystems, human life would be very different.  By protecting ecosystems, you are also protecting your life.

What are some ways that you can make a difference by protecting ecosystems?  How can you get others to make a difference and protect ecosystems?  What can you say or do to convince others to care about protecting ecosystems?  Post your thoughts below.

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