Habitat Loss: A student reflection
As part of her end-of-year science project, Sara Ali '27 wrote this article about habitat loss and our environment.
The environment we know looks, well, beautiful, green, and happy, but if you look closer, our environment is hurting, and dying, because of us and other problems that hurt it, soon, if we don’t do something the environment we know will be gone, and so will we.
What’s happening to our environment?
There is a problem that is hurting our environment. It’s called Habitat Loss. But, what is Habitat Loss? Well, Habitat Loss is when someone or something removes or destroys a habitat. This is a problem, because the animals that live in the habitats, will have nowhere to live or get food.
Why is Habitat Loss happening?
Why is this happening? Habitat Loss happens because usually humans clear land for farms, intensive harvesting of timber, wood for fuel, and other forest products.
Humans can also cause Habitat Loss by creating pollution and fragmentation. Climate change and the introduction of invasive species also cause Habitat Loss. The three main types of Habitat Loss are Habitat Destruction, Habitat Degradation, and Habitat Fragmentation. Habitat Destruction is when a Habitat is destroyed, Habitat Degradation is when habitat quality is reduced, and Habitat Fragmentation is when a large Habitat gets divided into smaller parts. This reliable website is where I have found this information: https://www.everythingconnects.org/main-types-of-habitat-loss.html
Who or what is Habitat Loss affecting and how?
This problem is affecting the environment, animals, and humans. Habitat Destruction can lead to the extinction of many species and many plants will not be able to grow because the soil quality is instantly changed, taking away the nutrients and the space that plants need to grow. As wildlife is displaced, it changes their entire way of living. Young animals need to be cared for in various ways in the wild. They have to be protected from predators. I have found this information from this credible website: https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-effects-solutions-for-habitat-loss-and-destruction.php
Habitat Loss also affects ocean animals, like oil spills and trash ending up in oceans, rivers, and lakes. Us humans are affecting the environment the most, but we are also affecting ourselves. We help the environment by breathing out Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and the trees’ leaves produce oxygen (O) for us to breathe in by taking in the CO2 we breathe out. But removing trees, we are slowly hurting ourselves by taking away our source of oxygen and our source of removing pollution. Millions of people will face a future where fresh water is in irregular or short supply. I got most of my information from this reliable website: https://wwf.panda.org/our_work/biodiversity/biodiversity_and_you/
Is there a way to help the environment and animals from Habitat Loss?
Yes, there are many ways to help the environment and animals from Habitat Loss, but here are a few. We can start off by teaching others about this problem going on. This will help by getting more people to learn about Habitat Loss and what they can do to help. Raising money for causes that help the environment from Habitat Loss, like the WWF, can also help a lot as well. Preserving natural resources is also a great way to prevent Habitat Loss. By keeping the natural resources safe, we help keep more trees. Planting gardens and trees will help the environment, too. Planting more trees and gardens will mean less pollution in the air, and fresh food to eat, that won’t be planted with chemicals. Don’t forget about Recycling! By recycling, we are helping animals not getting hurt or killed by the trash from eating it and keeping their homes clean. I have found this information at this credible website: https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-effects-solutions-for-habitat-loss-and-destruction.php
The environment does a lot for us. Plants produce oxygen for us to breathe and provide us with wood and other materials to use for our homes and other needs. So, why can’t we do something for the environment in return? Well, we can, and some of us do, it’s just that some people don’t care. And those people who don’t care are mostly the ones who will do things that hurt or kill the environment. We take away homes and food for animals and even hurt ourselves. Habitat loss is a problem as you see, but if you take your time to help, your actions will not be regretted by the environment. So please, do something in your community to help save our beautiful Earth.
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