The World Wildlife Fund is Protecting Biodiversity

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Red Pandas are classified as an endangered species but why should we care?  Why is it important to protect endangered species?  The Red Panda scientifically named Ailurus Fulgens is an animal that is gradually becoming known around the world. It is an animal with a coat that attracts attention and it is adorable and funny, since it has an appearance that mixed a panda with a raccoon and even a fox. It is in danger of extinction since the 90’s and its situation , for now, does not seem to improve.

 

The answer to why the Red Panda is in danger of extinction is found in the actions of humans. The habitat of Red Pandas decline due to loss and fragmentation of their ecosystems from industry, poaching, and inbreeding depression due to smaller populations.  China, Nepal and India are some of the most densely populated and fastest growing areas of industry in the world.  They also do not have the same protections for natural resources as some of the western democratic states might have.   Just like China is known for abusing the rights of its citizens it is also known for exploitation of its natural resources.   

  1. Red pandas are classified as an Endangered
  2. Population : less than 10,000 individuals.
  3. Scientific name: Ailurus Fulgens
  4. Length : 2 feet
  5. Habitats : temperate forests. Red pandas live in the mountains of Nepal, central China and northern Myanmar in rainy.  Since their Habitat is so unique and limited, their population has declined rapidly.

Image result for red panda habitat map

Red Pandas contribute to biodiversity.  What is biodiversity? the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem. Such as deserts, rain-forests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth.

Scarce resources unequally distributed lead to extreme wealth and extreme poverty.

Biodiversity is a sign of health on our planet. Well functioning ecosystems provide goods and services essential for human health,

Biodiversity helps regulate the climate.  Therefore a crucial part of our effort to combat climate change. The European Commission on nature and the environment created this summary of information in 2009 that directly links the loss of biodiversity to climate change.  At least 50% of the carbon emissions caused by humans are absorbed by a variety of bio diverse ecosystems such as the temperate forests of Asia where the Red Panda live.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/info/pubs/docs/climate_change/en.pdf

What organizations are supporting the protection of our environment and how can we help? Any person guilty of killing or selling Red pandas faces a fine up to $ 1,000 or up to 10 years in jail. Many organizations such as WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and many others are working to help the environment, educating people about the biodiversity.

In 2015 the United Nations created The 17 goals for sustainable development  . ” In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone”. TGGFSD. Goal number 15 helps to solve problems with the environment of the land resources.

https://www.globalgoals.org/15-life-on-land

https://www.worldwildlife.org/

http://www.globalissues.org/article/170/why-is-biodiversity-important-who-cares

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  1. turbo on February 28th, 2019 9:46 am

    It’s about time the Chinese government takes action to put an end to poaching the red panda, or at least try to it slow down . That one would murder such a cute creature is horrifying.

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