On Endangered Species Day, Help Protect Yasuní
Today is Endangered Species Day, a day to learn not only about the importance of biodiversity and how to protect threatened species, but to have hope that through awareness, education and personal involvement, we can make the term “endangered species” a thing of the past. Earth Day Network, as a member of the Endangered Species Coalition, is committed to this goal.
As we look at what we have lost, we need to remember that we can take steps every day to protect what we still have.
The western Amazon is home to the Yasuní National Park, a tract of rainforest in Ecuador that is the most biologically diverse location in the world. There are approximately 100,000 species of insects in a single hectare of Yasuní. There are 593 species of birds, 80 species of bats, 150 species of amphibians and 120 species of reptiles. Yasuní’s more than 4,000 species of vascular plants make it known as “the lungs of the world.”
But in 2007, something else was discovered in Yasuní: large oil deposits. Since then, international oil companies have been clamoring for the chance to drill there.
The process of extracting the oil would devastate the biodiversity that is thriving in the Yasuní. But there is hope.
Through the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, we have the unique opportunity to preserve the Yasuní National Park while maintaining the economic growth that Ecuador needs. In partnership with the United Nations, the government of Ecuador has committed to preserving Yasuní, and the oil reserves within its boundaries, as long as the international community participates with financial contributions to help make the preservation possible.
YOU are able to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative. Go here to donate to the Yasuní Trust Fund and save this invaluable ecological treasure.
Your donation will not only protect the thousands of species that are currently residing in Yasuní National Park – many of which are endangered – but will also show your support for moving away from the dirty fossil fuels of the past and toward a sustainable future.