The Importance Of Living Species

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Scientists estimate that 150-200 living species become extinct every 24 hours. The average human might not consider the significance of these dying species, but that may prove to be an issue in the near future. Living species, as Environmental Specialist Michael Marshall, states, provide “ecosystem services”. Some of these services are obvious, such as the meat that humans consume or the oxygen used to breathe. Imagine the world without any meat, and the widespread food shortages that would result. This fiction could become a reality if actions are not taken to prevent extinction. Because of the threats to resources that are required to sustain ourselves as humans, we must take steps towards conservation of species who are approaching extinction. The cause of extinction is a question that contains various answers. Endangered Species Director Noah Greenwald notes in his article, “Unlike past mass extinctions, caused by events like asteroid strikes, volcanic eruptions, and natural climate shifts, the current crisis is almost entirely caused by us — humans”. In addition, Victoria Steele articles relate to Greenwald because she notes in her article, “Many animals like the cod, the dodo and the American passenger pigeon used to be plentiful. But now two of these are extinct and the cod is very endangered. This can only be explained by human actions. Humans would use or eat these animals without being worried about conserving them.”. Both articles illustrate the idea that
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