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Endangered Animals: Nature’s Warning Signs

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:02 PM
September 22, 2010

Global Warming has caused the deaths of thousands of walruses over the last few years. The latest episode in the walruses’ fight for survival is in Alaska where tens of thousands of them have beached, because there are no ice islands left upon which the animals can forage for food and raise their young. Now crowded together on a mile-long stretch of land, they face a danger of stampeding. That is how 3,000 to 4,000 were killed on land in Russia in 2007.

This is the third time in four years that walruses have been forced to rest on land. Because warmer temperatures have resulted in the lack of ice sheets, The Center for Biological Diversity, has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put the animals on the Endangered Species list. They cite the loss of icy habitat needed for birthing and nursing. Their petition also claims that the $ 2.1 billion oil lease granted to Shell Oil for drilling near Alaska is another endangering factor.

“These animals are symbols of what is happening to wildlife all around the world,” says National Wildlife Federation’s John Kostyack. “Although most movements in response to climate change are more subtle, wildlife are on the move virtually everywhere across the globe, and there are significant survival risks associated with many of these climate-related disruptions.” In addition, Shaye Wolf, biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, states: “The Arctic is the Earth’s early warning system. If Congress and the Obama administration begin deep and rapid greenhouse pollution reductions now, we can still avert some of the most serious global warming impacts.  But the rapid change underway in the Arctic shows that time is running perilously short.”

At some point in the very near future, those in power in the United States and around the world must recognize that these repeating signs from nature i.e. endangered walruses, polar bears, lions, fish; excessively repeating earthquakes, volcanoes, storms and floods; declining bees, birds and endangered species, etc. are urgent warnings. As much as leaders may want to see their political and corporate worlds as superior to, and separate from nature, these warnings from nature repeatedly show those desires to be illusions. Yet, leaders are not powerless. They can move immediately to slow causes of Global Warming. And they can forestall galloping corporate gain long enough to restructure human life around elements less threatening to the global environment. If these multiplying warnings continue to go unheeded, the ultimate threat to human existence behind these warnings may come to pass. As they prepare for winter in wholesale Christian sweatshirts, those who trust in God should pray that He would give eye-opening wisdom and understanding (Ephesians, chapters 1 and 3) to world leaders, particularly those in the United States, while there is still time to prevent the same chaos in their world that now resides in nature’s world.

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