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Anthropogenic Extinction - My First Stamp by catz537 Anthropogenic Extinction - My First Stamp by catz537
Anthropogenic \An`thro*po*gen"ic\, a.
   1. Of or pertaining to anthropogeny.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. (1923) caused by humans; -- as, the anthropogenic
extinction of species.
 
      [PJC]

Note: If you don't want to read the entire description, that's fine; but please look at the end to see what you can do to help our planet.

"In The Future of Life (2002), E.O. Wilson of Harvard calculated that, if the current rate of human disruption of the biosphere continues, one-half of Earth's higher lifeforms will be extinct by 2100. A 1998 poll conducted by the American Museum of Natural History found that seventy percent of biologists believe that we are in the midst of an anthropogenic extinction. Numerous scientific studies—such as a 2004 report published in Nature, and papers authored by the 10,000 scientists who contribute to the IUCN's annual Red List of threatened species—have since reinforced this conviction." To my generation (I'm 20 yrs. old): This means that our grandchildren, - and possibly our children - if we have any, probably won't have a future, nor will most of the cute and cuddly mammals that everyone loves.

Every living thing on the planet is connected, and when parts start being lost, the whole is affected. There is overwhelming evidence that parts are being lost because of humans. "More than 5 trillion plastic particles weighing 268,940 tons are estimated to be floating in Earth’s oceans.":news.sciencemag.org/…/12… "Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale, often resulting in damage to the quality of the land. Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths the size of Panama are lost each and every year. The world’s rain forests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation.":environment.nationalgeographic… "Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. In addition to erosion, soil quality is affected by other aspects of agriculture. These impacts include compaction, loss of soil structure, nutrient degradation, and soil salinity. These are very real and at times severe issues.":www.worldwildlife.org/t……
I could go on: electronic waste, hazardous chemical waste, radiation, poaching, overfishing... The point is, human actions are having dramatic and incredibly traumatizing effects on the entire planet.

How you can help:
If you have some extra cash handy, donate to Greenpeace :) secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site…;
Learn about the planet, how to reduce your own waste, and how to promote green education at earthday.org :) www.earthday.org/takeaction/?g…
Look at these 50 ways to help the planet :) www.50waystohelp.com/
See more tips on how to be green at WWF's website :) wwf.panda.org/how_you_can_help…

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RedqueenAllison Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2015   General Artist
Well, if it makes you feel any better, although I'm not a psychic, this is most likely just another fear tactic like the 2012 fiasco, I know some people don't seem to care about this planet, or all it's inhabitants, and they seem to like destroying natural resources for the love of money, but not all people are like that, and that there are others like us out there who actually do care, because if they didn't care, then there wouldn't be any kind of awareness or petitions concerning these issues to begin with. I completely understand that this is the kind of situation that shouldn't be ignored, but what you must know, is that some things are being done... slowly, but surly, and as long as you hold on to your faith, and keep an open mind, anything good can happen. We are only human after all, and we can't predict the future, and scientists are no exception whatsoever, they can only come up with theories of what may, or may not happen in the future. It's natural to be scared of what the future brings, because we all live in a world of uncertainty, so we don't really know what the future holds for us, but we can do whatever is in our power to make this world a better place for all of us. Right now the best thing for us to do, is to keep calm, and keep raising awareness, and make/sign as many petitions as we possibly can. I don't know if my words are making you feel encouraged or not, but I just wanted to let you know how I feel. Have a good day, and take care! Heart Huggle! 
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catz537 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words. I definitely feel better knowing there are people who care. I am just afraid people are stuck in their ways and are not motivated enough to make change happen. But you're right; it is happening slowly, and with any luck, we can speed it up and try harder for our planet and all life here.
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RedqueenAllison Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015   General Artist
I'm so glad I could help, dear! Heart Huggle!
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catz537 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you (:
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RedqueenAllison Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015   General Artist
No problem, sweetie. :) (Smile)
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RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
A book that takes on the issue from a technological point of view is Our Final Hour (Our Final Century in the UK) by Sir Martin Rees. The book discuses the limits of our technology and science, and our possible extinction by 2100.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Fina…
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catz537 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I only had to read the first paragraph to know that's really scary..
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RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Yeah it can be depressing; but when I was younger people often saw doom and gloom for the year 2000. Its strange thinking back about the whole thing because we are still around in this very future year of 2015.

I remember seeing in a 1984 World Book Encyclopedia graphs that showed the world running out of oil by 2000, natural gas by 2050 and coal by 2200.
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catz537 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Well, even though we're still here, it's only a matter of time before one of these predictions is right because of the way we're treating our planet :/
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RMXTrailMix Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
True.
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catz537 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also, the industrial revolution's advancements keep getting more and more serious every year; we're taking and damaging too much too fast, and the planet can't keep up
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Too true. :( But too many people want to stick their heads in the sand about it and keep destroying the planet.
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catz537 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. It's terrifying. People care more about money than about the future of every living thing. It's always about now, never about the future..
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