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Celebrate Endangered Species Day!
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people young and old to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Protecting America’s wildlife and plants today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that help to define our nation.
Started by the United States Senate, Endangered Species Day is the third Friday in May. Every year, thousands of people throughout the country celebrate Endangered Species Day at parks, wildlife refuges, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries, schools and community centers. You can participate in festivals, field trips, park tours, community clean-ups, film showings, classroom presentations, and many other fun and educational activities.
Protect Endangered Species At Home!
Check out the Top 10 Things You Can Do at Home to Protect Endangered Species. Pick one to do on Endangered Species Day and try the rest of the list throughout the year.
=> Learn about endangered species in your area
=> Visit a national wildlife refuge, park or other open space
=> Make your home wildlife friendly
=> Provide habitat for wildlife by planting native vegetation in your yard
=> Minimize use of herbicides and pesticides
=> Slow down when driving
=> Recycle and buy sustainable products
=> Never purchase products made from threatened or endangered species
=> Report any harassment or shooting of threatened and endangered species
=> Protect wildlife habitat
Call of Life – Trailer Available from: http://www.videoproject.com Narrated by Peter Coyote
Call of Life is the first feature-length documentary to fully investigate the growing threat posed by the rapid and massive loss of biodiversity on the planet. Featuring leading scientists, social scientists, environmentalists and others, the film explores the scope, the causes, and the predicted global impact of a mass extinction occurring on a scale not seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
If current trends continue, scientists warn that half or more of all plant and animal species on Earth will become extinct within the next few decades. Entirely caused by human activities, this contemporary mass extinction is disrupting and destroying the complex, interconnected biological systems that support life on earth.
Through interviews with eminent biologists and ecologists, the film examines the primary drivers of species loss: habitat destruction, global warming, pollution, and invasive species, all compounded by the expanding human population and our consumption patterns.
Call of Life tells the story not only of a crisis in nature, but also in human nature. In interviews with psychologists, anthropologists, and historians, the film looks beyond the immediate causes of the mass extinction to consider how cultural and economic myths, along with deep-seated behavioral patterns have allowed this crisis to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it.
Call of Life examines the collective and individual choices we have before us, and how the decisions we make – or fail to make – in the next decade will affect the habitability of Earth possibly for millions of years to come.
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