Target: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Goal: Expand research on amphibians in Asia and provide necessary regulations to protect the numerous disappearing species
In the world’s most populated continent, amphibians are quickly losing their hold. It is estimated that 40% of the global amphibian population is currently in danger of becoming extinct, putting more than 2,000 species into “threatened”, “endangered” or “vulnerable” categories. Frogs are being especially hit hard and nowhere is this more obvious than in Asia. All across the continent amphibians are being wiped out at such an accelerated rate that conservation efforts can hardly keep pace with the shrinking numbers.
“These creatures are disappearing before we even know they exist,” explained Bruce Waldman, an associate professor at Seoul National University in Korea. Such is the problem, and researchers fear that frog populations in Asia will disappear before they are properly documented, studied and protected. “These are living jewels—but we don’t even know how many we have, and we are not saving them,” said Waldman.
Habitat loss, disease and pollution are taking a serious toll on the animals, especially since their physiognomy makes them particularly susceptible to slight changes in the environment, like temperature and pollution. If frogs continue to go, there is no doubt that the environment will suffer as well.
“Amphibians play a very important role in ecosystems—they are a conveyor of energy and nutrients from very small animals to larger animals,” said Amphibian Survival Alliance’s executive director, Jaime Garcia-Moreno. “We must try to conserve these animals.”
Asia and the world cannot afford to see frog populations decrease at the rate that they are now. But in order for conservation efforts to begin, the public must be made aware of the issue. Sign the petition below to encourage the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to expand research on amphibians in Asia and heighten conservation efforts to protect the vulnerable species.
Dear Members of the IUCN,
Amphibian populations around the world are quickly falling prey to the effects of human interference. Frogs, in particular, may be getting the worst of it as numerous species disappear faster than research can identify and study them. Nowhere is this more of a problem than it is on the continent of Asia. While past and current conservation energy has been spent in areas of Europe and the Americas, focus must now be paid to the dangers lurking in Asia.
As the frogs go, so does the environment that is intended to protect them. Without these necessary ecological links, the environmental standards will continue to decrease. It cannot be stressed enough and that is why I, the undersigned, encourage you to expand research on amphibians in Asia and provide the necessary regulations to protect the animals from further decline.
[Your Name Here]
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