The environment is at risk in many countries around the world. There is a lot of pollution from manufacturing firms and production plants, poorly planned growth and expansion of cities, invasion of natural habitats and so much more. There is also a lot of opposition to efforts towards preserving the environment. However, citizens need to rise and be heard. There are various ways citizens around the world can rise and get the ruling elite to listen. Political voices can help in this regard.

Here is how our political voices can save the environment.

The political voice is a diverse landscape. It involves people, mainly ordinary citizens, seizing opportunities to be heard. Citizens can engage in debates and public forums and participate in activities that provide them with a platform where they can air their views and be heard. The aim is largely to influence the decision and policy making process.

One way of doing this involves joining movements such as the Environmental Movement Members of this movement can reach out to their communities, organize campaign rallies, engage the media and participate in events such as walks, demonstrations, and picketing. All these are civil, organized and democratic ways of getting a point across to the political leadership and trying to influence policy.

Another way is to be heard through the electoral process. By voting into office political leaders who support the environmental cause and are willing to develop policies that curb pollution, citizens will effectively take part in saving the environment. People can also take action within the community. Work can include urging local institutions to change their energy sources, demanding coal plants be regulated and so on. These are all great examples of how our political voices can save the environment. Success requires taking part in the electoral processes, picketing and campaigning at local levels.

Lastly, you can go online and make sure your voice is politically tied to something that is already significant. NAR is an organization that will help you do this as well.

Today more than 16,000 species of plants and animals are on the verge of extinction, and we lose dozens of these species daily. Scientists say that the earth is currently in the middle of the sixth mass extinction.

It is, therefore, imperative to know the reasons behind this series of events. Herein are some of the reasons why species are becoming extinct everywhere.

ANIMAL SPECIES.

The main reasons why animals are becoming extinct everywhere are effects of human activities. The largest culprit by far is land cultivation. Animal species become threatened when the specialized habitats they occupy become smaller and widely separated.

For instance, large animals need more sizable areas to obtain food, mates and shelter. Loss of habitat due to our activities often leads to the endangerment and extinction of elephant, rhino and caribou species. Large predators like lions, bears and leopards also need large spaces to hunt for food.

Over-hunting by humans is also one of the main causes of animal extinction. The commercial value assigned to various animal parts such as fur, ivory and skin leads to poaching for capitalist purposes leading to reduced populations and consequently destruction. Other causes of animal extinction are low reproductive output, human hunting, small population sizes, commercial value and reduced genetic diversity.

PLANT SPECIES.

Plants do not come to the minds of many people when extinction is mentioned. It is surprising since plants are the foundation of almost all life on earth. They were particularly vulnerable to extinction mainly because they cannot move to sustainable habitats.

Global warming due to greenhouse gasses is a leading cause of plant extinctions. Additionally, loss of habitat due to human population expansion is another major reason. Sometimes the proliferation of other plant species such as weeds can deplete the resources needed by some plant species leading to their extinction. Other causes of plant extinction are animal grazing, natural disasters, and plant collectors.

Evidently, the common denominator in all these reasons is humans. As such, we have a responsibility to conserve the remaining plant and animal species. This can be done through proactive conservation efforts and embrace more environmentally friendly lifestyles.