Changing destructive policies is one of the biggest ways to halt the loss of habitats and exploitative practices that affect the most at-risk species on the planet.
Writers Rebel and Extinction Rebellion are committed to holding governments to account to reverse the devastating losses to biodiversity that the Anthropocene has caused.
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There are roles for rebels in every capacity, but there are other ways to support wildlife too. In collaboration with the co-stars of #OnTheBrink, we’ve selected charities and petitions that you can support to help bring back species from the edge of extinction.
In alphabetical order, because we could not pick between them:
BLACK FACED / PERUVIAN SPIDER MONKEY – Ateles chamek, declined by 50% in 45 years.
CHIMPANZEE – Pan Troglodyes, under 300,000 remaining.
EASTERN GORILLA – Gorilla beringei graueri, less than 3,800 remaining.
GIRAFFE – Giraffa camelopardalis, 97,500 remaining.
IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN – Orcaella brevirostris, just 92 remaining.
WWF Petition: Outlaw the fishing of the Irrawaddy Dolphin
MARINE TURTLE – Chelonioidea, threatened by fishing and sea-grass habitat loss.
PANGOLIN – Pholidota: manidae, 195,000 trafficked last year.
ATLANTIC PUFFIN – Fraturcula arctica, European population predicted to decline an estimated 50-79% between 2000 and 2065.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust: How To Help Puffins
RUSTY PATCHED BUMBLEBEE – Bombus affinis – threatened by neonicotinoids in the US.
SNOW LEOPARD – Panthera uncia, less than 10,000 remaining in isolated habitats.
SUMATRAN / ASIAN ELEPHANT – Elephas maximus, less than 52,000 left.
SUMATRAN RHINOCEROS – Dicerorhinus sumatrensis, fewer than 100 adults remaining in fragmented populations.
TASMANIAN DEVIL – Sarcophilus harrisii – numbers fallen to around 25,000 left’
TIGER – Panthera tigris, less than 4,000 in the wild.
VAQUITA PORPOISE – Phocoena sinus, a mere 10-12 individuals left after decimation from gill nets.
These species, on the brink of extinction, need our support. But as we face the threat of global warming and continued inaction, many more species will join this list.
HOMO SAPIENS – Unable to survive rising global heating, with extinction possible by 2100.