Nature’s resiliency is on full display here at Yellowstone National Park, where new growth has emerged among the trees charred by the massive 1988 wildfires. More than 1 million acres in the greater Yellowstone area were affected by the blazes that summer, scarring 36 percent of the park. Today marks the 30-year anniversary of Black Saturday, a day when the park saw some of the worst damage, with smoke and ash blackening the skies. But when cool, moist weather brought an end to the devastating fires in late autumn, the ecosystem immediately began to recover. Fire has long been part of the complex ecosystem at Yellowstone and many species have even adapted to rely on fire to open up the canopy, spread seeds, and diversify the habitat.
Each and every day is and should be Earth day. We have but one planet. She is unique as are the lifeforms that exist within her. It is a great shame that as a species we are so careless, thoughtless and destructive to a finite and endangered resource.
Greed and politics further erode that respect and put not just the Earth but everything living on it. Shame on us and if the Earth destroyed us today, I would shed no tears – as we would deserve every bit of it.
So when she lashes out with floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and sink-holes; instead of listening to her and correcting our bad behavior, we deny we have done anything or that there is anything wrong. SHAME.
It is a real shame that something that has been here eons before we existed is dying because of something it gave birth to and has nurtured for millennia. She is within her right to wipe us out and start anew; and unless we wake up and realize our mistakes and take corrective steps – nature always finds a way but we will not survive, there is poetic justice in that.
Time is short. Right now, the number of wild tiger is at its lowest ever! We have lost 97% of all wild tigers in a bit over 100 years. Instead of 100,000, as few as 3000 live in the wild today, last year it was 3200! A number of Tiger species have already been extinct. Tigers may be one of the most admired animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction. At this rate, all tigers living in the wild could be extinct in 5 years!
International Tiger Day is held annually on July 29 to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers. It is both an awareness day as a celebration. It was founded at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010. This was done because at that moment wild tigers were too close to extinction. Many animal welfare organisations pledged to help these wonderful creatures and are still helping to raise funds to reach this goal. The goal of Tiger Day is to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tigers habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation.