Destroying the Destroyers

Destroying the Destroyers

As the world eagerly awaits to find out what Donald Trump will do or say next, several thousand of us are glued to our computer screens eagerly awaiting the birth of a baby giraffe.

 April the giraffe eagerly awaiting treats from her keeper.

April the giraffe eagerly awaiting treats from her keeper.

April, a pregnant 15-year-old giraffe, has consumed my life for the last four weeks. As a student seeking a biology degree with a minor in applied conservation studies, wildlife conservation and education is an interest of mine. I spent four months as a student with the Smithsonian learning about causes of conservation problems and challenges and how we, as humans, can develop innovative, science-based, solutions. So watching a live cam of a pregnant giraffe, soon to give birth any day now, is really interesting to me, given their recent attention in the media that giraffes are now decreasing in population.

Giraffes have gone under the radar for so long that an estimated decline in their population, of about 40%, went unnoticed. It’s been called a “silent extinction.” Human population growth poses the largest threat to their loss, along with habitat loss, expanding agriculture, mining, poaching, civil unrest, and human-wildlife conflict. Only found in Africa and the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe is now considered vulnerable to extinction. With about 1500 giraffes in captivity and just under 100k in the wild, giraffes need help!

Giraffes aren’t the only animal that need help.

There are several thousand species of plants and animals that are endangered or threatened. As the human population grows, plant and animal populations unfortunately decrease. Extinction is a natural part of the evolutionary process and sometimes occurs when major changes occur on earth. Biodiversity is also important; however, our current rate of extinction is mostly due to human factors.

Why don’t they care?

The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.
— Revelation 11:18 ESV

This makes me wonder why more people don’t care about biodiversity loss, or the earth for that matter. As humans, it is our responsibility to take care of the earth because we are the only ones that can. We made this mess, we cause animals to die, heck, we are even causing other humans to die.

Christians cry out when there is loss of human life. Do Christians cry out when there is loss of animal or plant life (excluding family pets)? Do they lament to God about how such a thing could be allowed to happen? These animals belong here just as much as we do but where are the Christians standing up to the loss of biodiversity on this planet?

Destroying the destroyers. Those aren't my words. Those are Gods words. Why aren't you scared?

God commands Christians to be good stewards of the earth. If God created the world, why are we so eager to destroy His creations? What is your excuse? Leave a comment below!

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