Save the Species, Save the World

Elizabeth Hennessey

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If the bees continue to die off and go extinct the world will be negatively impacted on a large scale. Bees play a huge role in our environment that many people fail to realize. Bees are the number one pollinator and are critical to the crops we as humans consume. If the bees were to go extinct more than half the crops that feed 90 percent of the world would die off likely leaving the world in famine, according to BBC.

The bees aren’t the only species making headlines; as of 2016 the Great Barrier Reef is 22 percent dead, according to the Washington Post. The world’s largest coral structure which is 25 million years old is slowly dying; and we’re to blame. According to ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies coral bleaching is one main reason this massive coral reef is slowly dying. Other areas that contributed to the destruction of one of the seven natural wonders include: fishing, mining, the burning of fossil fuels, and global warming all together.

There is some good news for the earth. The bees aren’t extinct and the Great Barrier Reef isn’t completing dead, this means there is still hope. One of the most iconic endangered animals is actually no longer endangered. As of 2016 the panda bear is no longer considered endangered. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature the panda is now classified as “vulnerable” and lost the title of endangered. All of the plans and conservation policies put into place to save the pandas are working, proving that it’s not too late for the bees or the Great Barrier Reef and that it’s definitely not too late to save our earth.