EXTINCTION CRISISIt's a dreadful reality. We
are going through our sixth period of plant and animal mass extinction,
the sixth to happen in the last 500 million years. The current wave is
considered to be the worst series of species elimination since the
dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago.
is a phenomenon that occurs naturally, however it normally happens at a
rate of 1 to 5 species every year. But, as scientists estimate, we are
currently losing species 1,000-10,000 times faster than that, which
means that literally tens of species are vanishing from the face of the
Earth every day. We could be looking at a frightening future. By this
rate, almost one third to one-half of all species could become extinct
by 2050. We must act now, before it's too late.