Remembrance Day for Lost Species is November 30th

A Day to Remind Ourselves of the Lost Biodiversity Caused by Humans

Remembrance Day for Lost Species is an opportunity to educate people on the impact we have had as a species on the biodiversity of this planet.

Most people fail to realize how significant a problem species loss really is. Consider this excerpt from the United Nations Environment Programme.

The Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction of life. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.

The estimates on the number of species lost every hour varies anywhere from 3, 6, or even more.

November 30th is an opportunity to raise awareness of the species lost forever. It’s also a chance to get the word out to better conserve those that remain.

Drivers for Species Loss

The causes for species loss are varied; but almost all share a common thread – humanity. Some of the biggest factors that have influenced the accelerated extinction rate include the following:

  • Global Climate Change – Species are simply unable to adapt or evolve at the rates required to keep up with the damaging effects of climate change.
  • Predatory Hunting – Priceless animals such as the white rhino are hunted and killed for the sake of voodoo medicines that believe their horn has medicinal value (just as one example).
  • Overpopulation – Expanding cities and urban areas are constantly encroaching on wild spaces. Think about the farm near where you live that is now a retail space. That same impact happens millions of times on a global scale.
  • Over Farming & Over Fishing – Overpopulation and over-consumption continue to drive increased needs for food. For example, palm oil on your grocery store shelves may very well have come from a pristine track of wild forest land that was clear-cut to make room for higher palm oil production.

How to Participate in Remembrance Day for Lost Species

There are several things you can and should do on this day. First and foremost, do your part to educate others on the mass extinction already under way. Teach your kids about the value of conservation, biodiversity, and habitat protection.

Next, consider making a donation to one of the many great conservation organizations out there. A couple of our favorites include the National Resource Defense Counsel (NRDC) and the World Wildlife Fund.

Finally, you can also demonstrate your support through your purchasing decisions. Seek products with these designations:

  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council: Provides standards for seafood handling.

  • Better Cotton Initiative: Provides for sustainable criteria for growing cotton.

  • Canada Organic: Used for organic certification in Canada.

  • Certified Wildlife Friendly: Promotes wildlife conservation and conservation actions. Certification is typically tied to a specific species.

  • Dolphin Safe / Dolphin Friendly: Ensures tuna products remain free from dolphins via no intentional catching of dolphins. Also restricts types of nets used to catch tuna.

  • Energy Star: The national symbol for energy efficient appliance and products.

  • e-Stewards Certification: Program that ensure proper recycling and disposal of electronic waste (e-Waste).

  • Fair Trade: Ensures farmers and workers receive a fair compensation.

  • Forest Stewardship Council: Promotes sustainable forestry and word product manufacturing.

  • Leaping Bunny: Ensures no animal testing used in the development of a product.

  • LEED: The international standard for energy efficient residential and commercial construction.

  • Marine Stewardship Council: Ensures sustainable marine fishery management.

  • Non-GMO: Ensures no GMO ingredients are used in the making of food products.

  • Rainforest Alliance: Ensures sustainable products derived from forest operations.

  • USDA Organic: US-based standards for organic produce.