Animals in their natural habitats are up against human interactions in one way or another on a daily basis. With deforestation, disease and global warming there is an increase in the need for breeding in captivity to prevent extinction. Animals have become victims of events that are not of their making and being unable to abandon our compulsion to maintain our lifestyles, we rip at the fabric of the natural world. With the images in this folder, i am trying to introduce the viewer to individual species to force a familiarization / a compassionate bond, in the hope to kick start our ability to comprehend the consequences of our actions..I believe that when we acquire such a awareness we become more inclined to lay good foundations for responsible actions to eventually eliminate the need for having to uproot these magnificent creatures from their homes.
The main threat to areas such as the Arctic Regions which in a domino effect ripples over to the rest of our planet, is not just human exploitation of commercial commodities of mineral resources such as GAS, COAL, SILVER, ALUMINUM and OIL etc… It is also GLOBAL WARMING..There is an ongoing argument to reveal the contribution from humans to Global warming, but i am not writing this to place my own view on the matter, I am just going to state some of the facts in the hope to simplify the subject.
What most people overlook is that Global Warming causes vast areas of ice, snow and glaciers to melt which effects the salinity of the oceans by dilution and raises the sea levels and causes widespread flooding and an extreme temperature change..As a result, many animals and plants are deprived a place to live. If this continues the tundra and taiga ( subarctic forest ) regions of the world that hold one third of the worlds soil bound carbon, will thaw and begin to release vast quantities of carbon dioxide in to our atmosphere, adding to the problems associated with Global Warming. Soil bound carbon is due to the lands that have been permafrost for thousands of years, Permafrost which traps carbon is a permanent frozen layer just under the surface of soil that prevents rain water from draining away, thus creating fresh water ponds and lakes vital for the survival of many species.
If Fragile ecosystems are to remain as they do today, It is our responsibility to do what we can to educate others and support those who campaign for cleaner commercial operations, for improved habitat management, or for any other work that helps to sustain the environment of such regions. If all this seems too much to grasp and leaves you frustrated not knowing where to start to make a difference, you can simple start by aiding the reduction of “The Green House Effect”, this is where the amount of heat reaching the Earth exceeds the amount that is lost to outer space..With the addition of certain gases, the balance of our atmosphere chemical composition, gradually heats up.. Start with small steps..Carpool, Walk or Cycle a short distance instead of driving, Turn lights off when not needed, Turn plugs off instead of leaving on standby, Reduce your heating methods with better insulation eg, closing your curtains at dusk retains heat, Wash clothes at low temperatures and air dry when possible, Re-use, Restore, Recycle, Encourage planting of trees or even include pot-plants in your home which release moisture and absorb CO2. Most importantly, pass on your new found knowledge to encourage change.