Perhaps one of the most effective ways to save these endangered species is to spread awareness about them. The majority of the earth's population is not even aware that such a drastic problem exists. Not enough is said about the extremity of the situation, so millions of people feel no fear of extinction's consequences. Only by teaching others and spreading knowledge of the Earth's current state will people understand. And only when people know the causes and aftereffects of this ecological cancer will they be able to do anything about it.
Helen's Personal Experience
"I have a personal, and rather tragic, story I would like to share with you. In the summer of 1998, I went back to China with my family and another friend's family. We were going to visit relatives and see some of the famous landmarks, like the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. We later sailed down the Yangtze River on a tour, into the Mini Three Gorges, a breathtaking place covered with lush green foliage rising from the mountains on either side and cool, teal-colored water below our boat. It was pristine and untouched by man. And as I looked around, I saw an Asian woman finish her lunch and carelessly toss the styrafoam container into that sparkling water without another glance. I was shocked. How could she do that? Didn't she see how she was corrupting this sacred place? I mean, I love my country and its people, its culture and its friendly hospitality, but at that single moment I was ashamed to be Chinese. How incredibly thoughtless she had been. But then it struck me, and it made me so sad my heart twinged. These people didn't know. No one had ever taught them the importance of preserving the majestic hills and mountains, the awe-inspiring forests, the cascading waterfalls and rivers, the endless oceans, the exquisite flowers and extraordinary creatures that make Earth so unique. Such ignorance could destroy us all. And that is the importance of spreading knowledge of our home's fragile existence."
So tell your friends, family, and neighbors. Teach them the meaning of the word extinction. Tell them what the future holds for them if species diversity disappears. How a wealth of knowledge, resources, and variety will vanish from our earth. How millions of undiscovered medicines, vaccines, herbs, foods, and lives will go with them. And urge them to join the fight to save our planet and its creatures.