Unnatural Extinction Plants and Trees

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The role flora plays within the connected system of life.

Submitted: June 11, 2019

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The inter-connecting web of life begins at a central hub, spiraling outward. At this pinpoint center is flora. Through the process of photosynthesis, flora provide the oxygen we breath and the food we consume. For these reasons they are the very foundation of most life on Earth. Plants and trees are essential for lifes continuance.

With concerns of unnatural endangerment and extinction due to climate change, the result of human action, most publicity seems to focus on large animal species. Those such as elephants, polar and panda bears and tigers. If these amazing creatures were gone it would be tragic; but there is so seldom the same degree of popular attention given to the endangerment of flora, those living things which are the hub of life.

Wild plants and trees are meeting the possibility of extinction at an unnatural and accelerated rate. At this time, scientists say that warming temperatures are causing quick and dramatic changes in the range and distrubution of plants around the world.

Of the more than 300,000 known and classified plants, only 12,914 have been evaluated in determining the threat of extinction. 68% of these are threatened.

Unlike animals, plants and trees can't migrate when their natural habitat is destroyed, challenging their ability to take root and thrive. The hub of flora is found on land as well as in fresh and the salt water of the worlds oceans. Ocean plants also contribute to oxygen production.

All life on Earth depends upon the 'Food Chain.' Plants and trees are the beginning link of the chain. Flora feed herbivores (plant eaters) and omnivores (human beings and others which can consume both plants and animals) and lastly, the carnivores, those strickly dependant upon the herbivore for survival.  

What was addressed here concerns uncultivated plants and trees. Some might make the point 'so we lose wild food bearing plants and flowers. Through human agriculture and cultivation we won't lose all flora, we can still grow what we need.'

Here's the response. If we chose to ignore an eco-system which encompasses the entire planet, continuing to destroy wild rain forests to grow coffee or palm for human benefit only, yes, some flora will continue on. But for how long? And in time, will the web of life be forever altered in a way that will have our children left to struggle upon an irreversible path. 

 

Reference Sources: The Center for Biological Diversity, UN Scientific Report

 


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