Protecting Endangered Species From Pesticides
 
 
 

Loss of a single species from its ecosystem affects others that rely on it. The disappearance of one plant species may affect an entire food chain. Starting with insects that live or feed on the plant, moving on to the birds and frogs that eat the insects, and ending with the larger animals like snakes, hawks, and foxes that prey on the birds and frogs.
Over 1,000 different species in the United States are listed as endangered or threatened.. About half of all counties in the United States have an endangered or threatened species that might be harmed by registered pesticide uses.

Many people think that animals like whales, eagles, and wolves are the only endangered species. Other endangered or threatened organisms include specific species of shrimp, frogs, butterflies, grasses, spiders, fish, clams, rice, snails, turtles, birds, orchids, squirrels, mice, deer, bats, and cacti.

 
 


Earth day uses one of humanity’s great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another century another eon. Earth day reminds the people of the world of the need for continuing care, which is vital to earth’s safety. …Earth day draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way; using the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in all parts of the Earth. To this point in the annual calendar, Earth day attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another.