Every day we see more examples of wildlife being hurt and killed by climate change. In Australia, more than a billion native species have burned to death, including kangaroos and koalas. Fires in the rain forests of Malaysia and Brazil contribute to global warming and kill endangered orangutans and giant armadillos. Plants and animals are taking the horrific brunt of human excess and greed.
Sometimes I feel alone in my understanding of how terrible this crisis really is and how urgently we must act. People often seem apathetic and behave as though someone else will solve the problem.
But I am not alone. We are not alone.
Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts was, until very recently, running for President. On Saturday, August 17th he was asked at the Iowa State Fair after his stump speech on the famous soap box, before the media and public, about the biodiversity crisis and the Endangered Species Act. Here was his response.
The Trump Administration, and the former Secretary of the Department of Interior, Ryan Zinke, are corrupt, riddled with conflicts-of-interest and under multiple-investigations. This Administration has just published final Endangered Species Act regulations. The regulations will undermine protections for our most imperiled wildlife. They will weaken biodiversity for decades and may drive species to extinction.
In early January, one of the worst cold snaps in years hit Florida. Temperatures lingered around freezing in Brevard County, which is home to many Florida manatees. In a canal in Satellite Beach, nature fought back against the cold – in the form of hundreds of Florida manatees cuddling together for warmth.