Humans and Our Relationship with Nature.
The issue of wildlife conservation is one that permeates across the globe. It has been a hotly debated subject among politicians and advocacy groups for a very long time, and many of us ordinary citizens have pondered the issue in our minds. However, it seems as though the majority of us do not consider the preservation of wildlife to be a worthwhile goal, as it does not seem to be a problem that requires an urgent solution, and many people feel like they do not have the time to contribute to such causes even if they wanted to. After all, the majority of us have no shortage of things we need to get done in our day to day lives, from working full-time jobs to taking care of our households, so it may not seem like nature is something we need to care about. However, the preservation of wildlife is a cause that we should all make time for, as protecting our fragile ecosystem helps us to survive as a species. It would not be a stretch to suggest that we, as humans, do not exist in a vacuum. That is to say, we cannot survive without the environment around us, and that includes the wildlife with which we share our planet. When we consider this notion, it becomes clear that the goal of wildlife conservation is not just protecting animals and forest habitats, but also enabling ourselves to continue living on this rock that we love so much!
Why We Must Protect Wildlife.
You might be wondering why protecting the natural world would be relevant to us as human beings. What is the goal of conserving wildlife, and what do we gain from it? Well, there are many answers to those questions, but one might say that the main purpose of wildlife conservation is to protect the fragile ecosystems that make up our world. You see, everything in nature exists in a delicate balance, and to disrupt it can lead to a dramatic change in the populations of birds, insects, and many other critters. As a result, this population change can significantly alter the resources that are available to us humans.
One example of this phenomenon is found on the island nation of Guam, where the introduction of the brown tree snake via cargo planes from Australia during the second world war has devastated the native bird population, as the species unique to the island do not possess any natural defense mechanism to protect themselves against snakes. To make matters worse, the wide availability of birds as a food source has led to an explosion in the population of brown tree snakes in Guam, and efforts to control their numbers over the years have not been very effective so far.
Such a radical change in the population of so many different species should be alarming to us when we think about the consequences it can have. What if the dropping number of birds in Guam has a significant effect on the island’s natural resources? An event such as that could put the well-being of many people at risk, and so it becomes clear to us that conserving wildlife and its natural habitat is in our best interest, even if it does not seem to be an important issue on the surface.
Conclusion: We Must All Do Our Part to Protect the Natural World!
Many people consider themselves to be too busy to care about protecting wildlife and the environment, but these things are actually quite fragile. Even the smallest change in a local ecosystem can have a significant impact on the wildlife of the area, which may, in turn, harbor negative consequences for us as humans. For this reason, it is in our own best interest as a species to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment.