Anup Shah, author and editor of the website, Global Issues: Social, Political, Economicand Environmental Issues That Affect Us All, writes to confidently raiseawareness and inform others on the issues taking place today. While he may nothave received any credentials in international relations or any other globalissues related degree, he states, “you don’t need qualifications to beconcerned and want to do something.” Shah wrote an authentic piece onbiodiversity loss and extinctions that humans are causing globally. Approximatelyten years ago, the extinction rate was approximately one thousand times thestandard extinction rate on Earth. While extinction is expected in nature, inthe next century, scientists are estimating that amount to ascend to a numberten times that rate. Organisms, such as birds, mammals, amphibians, crops,corals, etc., are currently severely threatened and heading towards extinction.
Today, about seven percent of species are alarmingly endangered, ten percentare endangered and another twenty-seven percent are susceptible to this titleof endangerment. Unfortunately, humans are the ones to blame for this loss of biodiversitydue to climate change, habitat destruction, ocean acidification and much, muchmore. Not only are these human-induced issues hard on the environment, butcausing economic problems as well as some people are tempting to fix what wehave previously destroyed. For example, it is estimated that to reduce theeffect humans have had on climate change will cost over three trillion dollars.While I believe Shah wrote a brilliant article, I recommend thathe should have added the one, yet biggest, impact that humans are approaching.This is the possibility of causing ourselves to become extinct.
Many humans areunaware, or ignore, the fact that we are a part of our environment. Our actionsnot only affect animals, plants and other organisms, but ourselves as well. Thereis a strong probability that humans will run out of resources if changes arenot made to our daily life styles. I was surprised by how often the authordiscussed the possible extinction of many amphibians. When we think oforganisms that may become extinct, we naturally rarely think of amphibians, butbigger mammals.
I appreciate Shah touching on these species and the importancethey have. Shah provided numerous statistics and facts from many other sourcesthat made his piece seem extremely credible and generally nonbiased. However,as he stated many financial problems arises from environmental problems thatincluded buying machinery, technology, etc., that could help the issue, heforgot to mention another argument, that if all humans just simply decided tocut back on their behaviors in extreme ways, we could save our environmentwhile we still have the chance. Also, he questioned many credible sources inhis article, such as the United Nations Environment Program, that made a fewpoints seem biased and questionable. Overall, I believe Shah wrote a convincingpiece on the importance of biodiversity on our planet.