Blog Eight – The Initial Reaction (278)

My initial reaction to the article “After long wait, 11 new names added to Canada’s list of species at risk” was frustration. My thoughts that the government liked to take their time to act on a problem was justified. “Arne Mooers, an ecologist at Simon Fraser University who has spoken out about weaknesses in the current law, including the fact that timelines can be manipulated by the government” (Semeniuk 2016). When reading this article, I wondered why we let species at risk become endangered. Simply, due to the fact requests will sit on government officials’ desk for months without even being looked at. Therefore, when I read this article my initial reaction was frustration and overwhelming guilt that we sit around and let this happen. 

At the same time when reading “60% of World’s Wildlife has been Wiped Out Since 1970” I feel defeated. We are watching over fifty percent of a wildlife die off. My perspective hasn’t changed from reading the last article “After long wait, 11 new names added to Canada’s list of species at risk”. My perspective hasn’t changed simply because the percent of animals we are losing is showing the lack of effort people are putting in to protect these at-risk species.  

Responsibility lies on multiple people to start seeing change happen. You need the provincial and federal government to pass new laws to get the prosses going. After, you need the individual people to take some responsibility and make sure to follow the new laws.  

Reference  

Semeniuk, I., Semeniuk, I., & Semeniuk, I. (2018, May 16). After long wait, 11 new names added to Canada’s list of species at risk. Retrieved from https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/after-long-wait-eight-new-names-added-to-canadas-list-of-species-at-risk/article30570259/. 

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