We all know that climate change is real, is happening, and that we as humans are responsible. What you might not know, however, are the species that are already being severely affected by rising temperatures, melting sea ice, and deforestation and habitat loss. Some of the most iconic animals on our planet are on a course for extinction, in the next few decades. These aren’t strange, unheard of animals. These are some of the big, obvious, gorgeous creatures that we learn about as children, and have been a beautiful part of our planet for millennia.
Does this list make you sick to your stomach? Does it bother you that your children or grandchildren may never know some of these beautiful, intelligent, special animals? It surely should. We know the stakes, we know the culprits, we know how to clean up our planet and protect the habitats that wild animals depend on. It’s a question of willpower, of bravery, and of heart. Which side of history do you want to be on?
Thanks to the World Wildlife Foundation for their photographs, and the great work they’re doing to bring attention to these species, and what efforts are being done to protect them. Hint- they need your help.