A CALL TO ACTION - Now
that you've been briefed on Survival 21, you're being sent into battle.
Not a battle between people, but a battle within people. A struggle
between short term gain and long term stewardship, convenience and
prudence. Here are some winning strategies to pursue.
- We appreciate what we understand, and save what we appreciate.
Education makes people aware of how beautiful and diverse nature is.
Education makes the challenges facing endangered species widely known.
Learn more about endangered species and pass this information on to
others. Consider using the plight of endangered species, or a
favorite endangered animal, as the subject of a class paper or report.
Identify a favorite animal and read books on their habits. Create a
website, or add information to your website about your favorite species.
ASSISTANCE - Look for
ways to help organizations that believe the way you do. Many can be
found on the web if you search for "Animal Welfare" or "Endangered
Species". Encourage people in your class to do a project to raise money for a
charity you believe in. Wash cars, collect cans, or see if your
class can sponsor or "adopt" an animal in a sanctuary.
ADVOCACY - Write
letters to your senators and congressmen. Write people in decision
making positions and express your view that wildlife is important to you.
And when you get the opportunity to vote, find out what the candidates
think about wildlife and endangered species.
In this day of rapid extinction, the most dangerous thing you can possibly
do is "nothing." It sends a message to other people that wildlife
and habitat are not important. Arm yourself with knowledge and press
onward to victory. Quite literally, lives depend on it.