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EARTH DAY: “ Protect our Species”

Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching.

If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here.

All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more.

The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.

Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:

•          Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.

•          Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.

•          Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.

•          Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

A wide variety of the planet’s animal species call the Philippines home. Conservation International, a nonprofit environmentalist group founded in 1987, recognizes the Philippines as one of only 17 mega-diverse countries in the world. Mega-diverse countries are nations that shelter the bulk of Earth’s animal and plant life. In other words, these countries have extreme biodiversity in terms of genetic, genus, and bio-network mixtures.

With so much biological diversity, the country is also home to a large number of threatened animal species. As of the day this article was published, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), has declared 418 animal species in the Philippines to be threatened: meaning they are either vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered, according to the IUCN red list criteria.

This article lists the top 50 critically endangered animals in the Philippines:

  1. Philippine eagle
  2. Philippine freshwater crocodile
  3. Tamaraw
  4. Walden’s hornbill
  5. Visayan warty pig
  6. Philippine cockatoo
  7. Negros bleeding-heart
  8. Philippine naked-backed fruit bat
  9. Philippine forest turtle
  10. Dinagat bushy-tailed cloud rat
  11. Hawksbill sea turtle
  12. The Philippine tarsier
  13. Philippine spotted deer
  14. Sulu Hornbill
  15. Negros Fruit Dove
  16. Flame-breasted Fruit Dove
  17. Giant Clams
  18. Cebu flowerpecker
  19. Golden-capped fruit bat
  20. Net coral
  21. Long polypgreen
  22. False flower coral
  23. Sei whale
  24. Blue whale
  25. Fin Whale
  26. Dinagat hairy- tailed rat
  27. Limbless worm skink
  28. Loggerhead turtle
  29. Dog-faced water snake
  30. Humphead wrasse
  31. Green turtle
  32. Black shama
  33. Panay Crateromys
  34. Negros shrew
  35. Flame-templed babbler
  36. White-winged flying fox
  37. Mindoro zone-tailed pigeon
  38. Japanese night heron
  39. Apo swallowtail
  40. Spiny turtle
  41. Calamian deer
  42. Streak-breasted bulbul
  43. Catanduanes narrow-mouthed frog
  44. Philippine tube-nosed fruit bat
  45. Luzon peacock swallowtail
  46. Frog-faced soft shell turtle
  47. Tawitawi brown dove
  48. Mindoro tree frog
  49. Hazel’s forest frog
  50. Mount Data forest frog