Target: Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Minister Grant Shapps
Goal: Save drought-sensitive butterflies that may become extinct due to climate change.
Scientists are afraid that native butterflies in Britain will not be able to withstand the results of climate change. The study claims that six species of butterflies that are drought-sensitive are at high risk of extinction and could disappear entirely in a few years. These species of butterflies will particularly feel the effects of climate change and will not be able to adapt fast enough to tolerate the changing environment and drier weather expected in the future.
One may think that losing these little creatures is not a huge deal, but butterflies play a significant role in the environment. These creatures help in pollinating plants that feed humans and other wildlife. Butterflies also provide food for some animals and assist in controlling pests. The presence of butterflies is always associated with a healthy ecosystem. They are also part of the people’s natural heritage.
The researchers have noted that there could be hope if action is taken immediately and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. Reducing emissions in addition to better landscape management could significantly help in saving these creatures. The researchers argue that focus should be put on reducing habitat fragmentation to keep the butterflies around instead of managing them in small patches.
The team discovered that restoring connections between fragmented habitats can make a big change. Though bridging these connections could increase the butterfly’s survival by 50 percent, that can only happen under low emissions. The move can help in restoring these species at least for a while until strict regulations are put on global emissions, which is a major contributor to the problem.
Sign this petition to urge the U.K. to take action and save its butterflies that are saving extinction.
Dear Grant Shapps,
Scientists have released research claiming that native butterflies are on the brink of extinction due to climate change. The study has pointed out that six butterfly species are facing a high risk of extinction and could disappear entirely in a few years if no action is taken.
These little creatures play a significant role in the environment because they help in pollinating plants, controlling pests and act as food to some animals. In fact, a healthy ecosystem is signified by the presence of butterflies. They are also part of the people’s natural heritage.
These researchers have pointed out that there is hope if action is taken immediately. They have proposed a reduction in emissions and restoring of connections between fragmented habitats. Take action and save these creatures from extinction.
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Photo Credit: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson