Habitat Preservation is Easier Than You Think

We humans think we can go on living in this world without the of help of animals and plants, and it is pretty arrogant of us.  It is true that we develop new kinds of fascinating technology every day that make our lives easier, but at the same time most of it brings more destruction to the planet.  The problem is that we think we don’t need the rest of the living things in the world to survive, and that we can just keep on creating technology to make up for the things we lack.  We need a solution to this problem and we need it quickly.

habitat preservationThe ecosystems that we rely on are a bit hidden from everyday life, but they are extremely important to our survival.  We don’t always see how a butterfly is vital to our survival, but it is truly the case.  The fish that we are overfishing and the insects that are disappearing are vital to the balance of our atmosphere and environment.  If we disrupt just one tiny portion of the food chain, we can create a devastating reaction that can come all the way up to the top, where we proudly sit.  Any one animal that links us to others and goes missing can create an overpopulation of whatever it was eating.  At the same time, whatever ate that animal will start to decline in population because its food source is now scarce or completely gone.  As we continue to develop over habitats that house animals, insects, and plans that are all precious pieces of the food chain and ecosystem, we begin to hurt our own survival.

We cannot continue thinking that overdevelopment of open spaces and lack of habitat, animal, and land preservation will not hurt us.  In the end, there will be no technology that can save us from a dead planet.  Even the simplest of living things, like grass, are dependent upon animals and animals are dependent upon it.  If we do not preserve what is still keeping us and the animals alive now, which is land, then it might be too late to go back.

Land Preserve is a private organization in Colorado that has taken the initiative to preserve the land that is vital to our survival and well as the planets’.  They seek to purchase and therefore preserve parcels of land across Colorado and the globe so that habitats cannot be destroyed.  By purchasing land, they can keep it privately owned and can guarantee that it will never be developed or sold.  They also make a promise to keep the land just as it is, and to allow the animals and insects to roam free as nature intended.  Also in support of this preservation, they strictly require that no fishing or hunting be done on their lands so that we don’t make a bigger dent in the decline of certain animal populations.

This is not the complete answer to our climate problems by any means, but it is a step in the right direction.  As an advocate for your own survival and the survival of the planet, I encourage you to get involved.

 

The importance of habitat preservation

While a new catch phrase around the country is that we have to preserve the environment, and we have to be sure that we mitigate man made or human caused climate change, there is not as much conversation about habitat preservation. This is a different science and a different focus all together for the country as a whole. Habitat preservation is about maintaining the natural living areas of the animals that are dependent on the environment for their life and their continuation. It is important that as a culture we continue to remember that there are many different groups of animals that are slowly losing their habitat, and they are going to no longer exist if that continues to happen. The answer is of course to acknowledge this is happening, and take steps to leave some of their habitats untouched so that they can continue to exist along side of us. It is important to keep all the natural and local species for so many reasons that are not even clear to us. We don’t really understand the full impact of a group of animals on their living situation until we introduce foreign ones or until we take away the natural ones from where they should be. Once they are gone, and we begin to see all the effects that has on a landscape, it is too late to bring them back. The most important step we can take in the beginning is to put in place a plan of action for habitat preservation.

habitat preservationOne way that this is possible is to design new developments with that in mind, and leaving green spaces that are not developed or touched in between the rows of houses or the roads. If there is a natural stream, leave it be, and design a wide berth around that stream so that those natural animals will be able to maintain their existence in that area and not be harmed. It is when we remove all the natural things in that area, even if we build them back up in the form of parks. What was there first needs to stay there, otherwise we are in danger of losing all the necessary habitats for the wild life that live in that area. Habitat preservation should be at the top of the list for every city or town that is expanding into untouched areas that are around them. Without that focus, there is just no way to know what the long term and permanent effects of the loss of that habitat will be. But they could likely be catastrophic for the environment as well as for our culture. We need to take a step back and recognize how important habitat preservation is for our world and for our communities as well, and we need to being to focus on that as a method for expansion. Leave natural habitats as they are, and learn to live closer together or to put more people in the same space. It is possible.