Species Declines Threat to All Human Life

posted by Jael Ever @ 12:44 PM
June 28, 2010

    One of the most comprehensive reports on the state of Earth’s non-human kingdoms is the one prepared by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).  Every year this world-wide group of collaborative scientists puts out The IUCN Red List, a report on endangered and declining animal species, including interpretations of what these declines mean to the human race. 

    The 2009 Red List begins, “Biodiversity loss is one of the world’s most pressing crises with many species declining to critically low levels with significant numbers going extinct.”  The Red List stresses growing awareness that biodiversity affect human life.  This year, governments around the world have set a goal with IUCN to lower those rates of declines and extinctions.

    But these efforts may be too little too late.  IUCN responds:  “Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders . . .”  IUCN bases this conclusion on examples too numerous to mention:  Here are just a few:

    *  Like many examples of animal decline, root causes are illusive, i.e. of some 26,000 Saiga antelopes in the Urals, 12,000 were found dead for no apparent reason, and most of them were pregnant females.

    *  This year, IUCN reports that “nearly one quarter of the world’s mammals, nearly one third of amphibians and more than 1 in 8 of all bird species are at risk of extinction.”  IUCN warns that such numbers should alarm the human race about its    own extinction:  “It is increasingly appreciated that biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation jeopardizes human well being.”

    Their summary concludes:  “Examples abound from around the world––destruction of grazing lands in Ethiopia by invasive species resulting in whole villages being abandoned: the US fruit industry being no longer able to rely on wild pollinators; and fisheries collapsing worldwide . . . .”

    The point is, what will it take for people and governments––and especially Christians––to recognize this Earth is in desperate trouble?  Hopefully, such recognition will bring urgent change.  While worldly systems can pay serious heed, Christians must return to earnest prayer and repentance.  An example is Daniel’s prayer in chapter nine of his prophetic book.  While Daniel was guilty of none of the sins he confesses, he nonetheless repents for those of his countrymen.  Likewise, Christians must beg God’s mercy upon those nations and peoples––starting with their own––that seem hell-bent on destroying the Earth.

   To learn about Daniel’s deep prayer of repentance, check wholesale Christian Bibles.  Other good sources are Christian prayer books.  Researching wholesale Christian books also helps.  Also check wholesale Christian t-shirts for designs that stress true repentance.

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