In listing the top most threatened species for 2010, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) experts in Scotland, United Kingdom have included some well-known animals such as polar bears, butterflies and tigers but have also now added the Pacific walrus, the giant panda and the blue-fin tuna.
All of these species are at greater risk than before due to climate change and related deforestation as well as illegal hunting. With Scotland having declared an ambitious 42% emissions reduction goal for 2020, WWF Scotland Director Dr. Richard Dixon said, “We have a window of opportunity in which to step up and pull back some of the world’s most splendid animals from the brink of extinction.”
He went on to encourage more actions that do not wait for global climate agreements, saying that local governments can work toward green goals that also create jobs and improve lives. Many thanks, Dr. Dixon, World Wildlife Fund Scotland and the Scottish government for your endeavors to both inform and mitigate human-caused environmental damage.
May leaders at all levels heed the call to preserve these precious beings so that they may continue to grace our Earth with their presence. In her ongoing concern for the welfare of all beings, Supreme Master Ching Hai once again addressed the imperiled situation of our animal co-inhabitants during an August 2008 videoconference with our Canadian Association members.