“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Our planet is in the middle of a mass extinction of plants and animals.
Extinction is a natural phenomenon that usually occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Sadly, scientists estimate we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day.
99% of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss, the introduction of exotic species and climate change. Our natural world is changing, but we can all take actions to combat these changes and aid species conservation. You can help support species by donating time and resources or even just changing a few actions at home.
Simple Ways to Make a Difference
- Move your thermostat two degrees warmer in the summer or two degrees cooler in the winter to save electricity and money.
- Pledge to be Idle Free and ask your family, school or business to pledge not to idle their cars for more than ten seconds.
- Decorate your light switch so you remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Make better seafood choices with the Seafood Watch.