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Endangered Species

“In nature, nothing exists alone.”
Rachel Carson, 1962

Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching.

If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s “most enduring legacy.” Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here.

All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life .

The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.

Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

Sign up here to receive updates on how to Protect Our Species and new ways to get involved. Please donate to support our campaign.

Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species

The theme of Earth Day 2019 (April 22) is Protect our Species.


Whale populations are in steep decline worldwide.


Elephants are the world’s largest land animals and one of our most iconic species.


Insects make up about 80% of all the world’s known species.

Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are under serious threat.


There are fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa.


Worldwide bee populations are in decline.


Trees play a central role in the ecosystems of forests and other species.


Plants are essential for life on Earth.


Birds often have numerous roles in their ecosystems.


Fish play an integral role in ecosystem nutrient cycles.


Stable populations of sharks help sustain fish stock populations.


Crustaceans are found in a diverse range of habitats.

Great Apes

In some areas, the survival of the ecosystem is wholly dependent on the role that apes play.

Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have existed for more than 100 million years.