Of course, The New Age of Extinction wasn’t all doom and gloom. Better environmental protection policies and eco-tourism are among the ways the feature points to as ways of preserving biodiversity. Yet the problems seem so vast as to feel unsurmountable, especially when you’re thinking about what you can do at the individual level. After all, preventing extinction requires strong, decisive action on global climate change — and slowing global climate change is a huge issue indeed. Writes Bryan Walsh in Time:
As global warming changes the climate, species will try to migrate, often right into the path of development and extinction. What good is a nature reserve — fought for, paid for and protected — if global warming renders it unlivable?
Follow the series for free laughs and eco-inspiration — perhaps while sipping on a rainforest-expanding cup of Guayaki yerba mate to assuage your guilt. The Asian Elephants episode is already up; new episodes go up every Friday for the next five weeks.
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