2020, a new decade, has already begun. The first month of the year witnessed devastating climate crisis across the globe. This year has had a rocky start given the series of mishaps; the Australian bushfires, coronavirus, flooding in Oregon, two storms in the United Kingdom; Ciara and Dennis, heavy snowfall in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, earthquakes in Philippines, Mexico, South Africa and, Southern Iran, Taal volcano eruption in Philippines, and many such disasters that we are still unaware about.
The destruction has caused many species to lose their natural habitat. This has increased the number of species at the brink of extinction. One such species are the Koalas. The numbers have dropped to as low as 40,000.
As stated by the digital publisher, Inverse, “The world may be in the middle of a sixth mass extinction, a catastrophic consequence of climate change, habitat loss, and human activity that threatens to wipe out more animals than we care to realize — and that includes humans”.
Many more have reached the red mark. The list includes the Amur Leopard (100 left in the wild and 180 in captivity), 6,229 varied species of Rhinoceros, 48,500 Orangutans, 1,00,300 and species of Gorillas. It is said that there is an 80% drop in the numbers of the Hawksbill turtles.
(Please Note: The statistics used in the article have been recorded by the World Wildlife Fund and published on Inverse.com)
As a result of human – animal conflict, urbanization and infrastructural development has added to the natural disasters, numbers are dropping.
February 22nd is celebrated as National Wildlife Day and the birthday of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. The educator, conservationist and wildlife expert was on a mission to establish a relation between man and the wild. However, his legacy should be carried on to avoid the endangered species listed on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) from going extinct.
We have one decade to save or the future generation will see none of these species in the next.