Environmental Advocacy

Habitat Loss

Hello, may I ask a question, where do you live? Where do you usually stay? Have you been living there since the day you were born? If yes, then consider that place as your habitat.  So a habitat is a natural place where plants, animals and other organisms live. We have evolved to live and survive in our specific habitats we all call home.

Now here’s where the problems sets in, what do we do with our habitats? We build structures, we renovate, build houses and subdivisions. We’ve converted our lands and forests for agriculture. We’ve contaminated our waters with impure chemicals because that’s how much we love Coke and KFC. We have removed mountain tops digging 500 feet or more of the summit to get to that buried seams of coal. Yes coal, taking note that the burning of fossil fuels is the greatest contributor for climate change. But what did we consider when we made these things?  We’ve considered nothing. We’ve been altering everything around us for the benefit of our own selfish desires. We changed the face of the Earth through our thirst for power and development, finally conquering the world all for ourselves. As we bathe in our so called success, there are those who suffer because of our oblivious choices.

The black rhino got extinct 7 months ago. They are intelligent and affectionate creatures that have inhabited the Earth for 60 million years and in less than a decade without proper homes and protection from poaching, they all disappeared. Green Sea turtles lay their eggs on the same shore as where they were hatched, but because shores are being converted into beaches, mother sea turtles are forced to lay their eggs in the sea, letting her babies die without even seeing the world.

We are fortunate to be part of a world that is characterized by the diversity of its many species of plant and animal life. But what did we do? We’ve wasted so much time; we’ve lost so many lives. Countless numbers of these species are under brink of extinction, mainly through the loss of habitat. We are the ones to blame and our great contribution to climate change. The world is already warming and although there is little that can be done about it, we can slow the process down by reducing the amounts of greenhouse gas currently being released into the atmosphere and concentrating more on energy saving measures and the use of renewable energy.

We are all jointly responsible for the world around us. If mankind can be persuaded to be more environmentally aware of the responsibility to safeguard the habitats of these endangered creatures, there is yet some hope for our survival. One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.