Endangered Species Day

May 15, 2015

  

 

Celebrate Biodiversity!

 

Eco-Schools Biodiversity

Protecting those species of plants and animals most at risk requires knowledge and action.

Join the 10th annual Endangered Species Day celebration with an event designed by you and your students. Below are several resources that will help you plan for this special day.  2013 was the 40th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act.  The ESA was devised to protect plant and animal species from extinction. Species are put into two categories, "endangered" and "threatened".

 

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as of September 2013, there are a total of 457 animal species and 703 plant species listed as endangered and 173 animal species and 154 plant species listed as threatened.


Why is biodiversity important?

Biodiversity is important because each species no matter how small has an important role to play in the larger ecosystem.  As a society we rely on these species for various aspects of our own existence.

At least 40 percent of the world’s economy and 80 percent of the needs of the poor are derived from the biological resources.  In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, sustainable economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change.

Convention on Biodiversity

 

Learn More about Endangered and Threatened Species


Teachers! Get Your Students Going


Celebrate with Social Media

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Go to the Eco-Schools Facebook page Go to the Eco-Schools Twitter page Go to the Eco-Schools Flickr page Go to the Eco-Schools YouTube page go to the Eco-Schools Google Plus page Go to the Eco-Schools Pinterest page

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