Saving Endangered Species by Tia and Molly Our story is about endangered species and the reasons why they are becoming extinct and what we can do to help. Throughout the day we have interviewed multiple teachers and a handful of students. Each one had a different answer, but they all agreed that we do need to start saving the world’s endangered species. Here is our story… Animals are becoming extinct every day, and most people don’t even realise how this is happening or what impact it is having on the earth. There are so many reasons why animals are becoming extinct. There are environmental factors such as; unavailability to adapt to a species environment with the constantly changing world; climate change*; poaching; deforestation (habitat fragmentation), and the worlds’ population becoming increasingly more populated. *this is something that humans have contributed to. As of 1 January 2014, the world’s population was estimated to be 7,137,661,030, and increases by 2.3 people every second, this means that governments around the world are having to cut down the worlds’ forests to build more hospitals, workplaces, schools and houses – completely forgetting about what this is doing to the earths animals. “Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year” Turning resources into waste faster than waste can be turned back into resources puts us in global ecological overshoot, depleting the very resources on which human life and biodiversity depend. We asked Mr. Waters, “What’s your take on saving endangered species”? Mr Waters replied, “Biodiversity is key and by saving species now, it can help us in the future”. We then asked Mr Toms, “How do you think, as a school, we could help towards saving endangered species”? Mr Toms replied, “The school already has a tight printing budget, but by using less electricity, we would use less fossil fuels, slowing sea level rise and helping animals such as the Crayfish. Dr Coley, Charlie (Year 8) and Morgan (Year 11) were asked this question as well and all said that the school should do some fundraising and to advertise the issue of animal endangerment.