By Lucia (age 11) from Howick Intermediate
Yes, I’m talking about that again… You guessed it! Endangered species. But before you leave this site and think about what a waste of time that was, have you actually put much thought into this? Extinction means they are never EVER going to come back, and you are never EVER going to see them again! And guess what? It also means there might be a huge change in the ecosystem. Trust me, I’d want to hear about this if I were you. You never know the danger they might cause.
Did you know there are actually 2800 endangered species in New Zealand? Sadly, the conversation’s budget can only extend to help 200 species. So, how does this affect us? Well, think about it like this:
“When a predator goes extinct, All its prey are released from that predation pressure” – Robert Baldwin
And if that happens, this would leave a scar on our earth.
I thought of it this way:
If an animal went extinct, what would happen to its predators? Will they starve? And if they starve, will they go extinct? What would happen if they went extinct? What would happen to the predator’s prey…?
So, what do you want us to do about this then? After all this, you’re going to leave us with nothing right?
So now, of course, let’s talk about how to SAVE endangered species. Yes! You’re going to be a superhero! Maybe you don’t feel like it but recycling and buying sustainable products can actually help animals!
How? You ask.
Well first of all, when I say “buying sustainable products”, I mean to STOP buying/using:
- Furniture made out of rainforest wood
Never buy furniture made out of rainforest woods (like because then you’re encouraging humans to cut down rainforest. Wow! Who knew that?
- Palm oil
If you didn’t know, forests that tiger’s live in are being cut down to plant more palm plantations. Find somewhere else, humans!
And lastly, and obviously,
- Single-use only plastic
It’s obvious that plastic is doing the planet and Mother Nature no good. It’s just more harm and pollution.
But what you can and SHOULD buy:
- Compostable Bags – They are 100% compostable and will do nature no harm.
- Rechargeable batteries – What happens to batteries when they’re useless? Exactly. So why not try forever lasting batteries? Yes yes, rechargeable batteries. But seriously, you should try it!
- Reusable, organic, dish towels – These towels are the best replacements you can get for your normal boring single-use only paper towels. I like using this every time! It’s so simple! Just throw it in the washing machine or scrub both ends together after.
There is much more and if you want to find some more examples, Maybe try Google.
So please, please, I CAN’T stress this enough, Be a superhero, And save the planet! 🙂