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April 21, 2010

WYCD #14 - Stop the Clock on Species Extinction

What You Can Do #14 - Stop the clock on species extinction. 

Fast isn't always good.  Species, for example, are estimated to be heading towards extinction at a rate of about one every 20 minutes.  That's a pace a thousand times faster than the norm during Earth's entire history.  Actually, it isn't fast, it's out of control... and it isn't good.

This situation is directly tied to two issues - habitat destruction and climate change.  In the same 20 minutes, we will destroy 1200 acres of forest and emit 180,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere worldwide.  Less forest cover means fewer acres of habitat for species and more climate-changing carbon in the air.  As climate, landscapes, and oceans change, species must move or adapt.  Those that can't simply die out. 

Add your voice to the growing number of people who are signing the petion to "Stop the Clock" on species extinction. 

Conservation International (CI) will deliver the petition to government and business leaders at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona in October.  By signing the petition, you're telling government leaders to incorporate forest protection into their national policies on climate change - for the good of our species, our climate, and ourselves. 

Your signature brings us one step closer to protecting our life on Earth, and ensuring that rare and threatened species will survive.  Please sign the petition and ask 5 friends to the same.

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