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Every Planet We Reach Is Dead

this frail vessel   drifts

Peter Reading, “Apophthegmatic”

Native American Proverb


"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

Land Mammals: Koala Bear........... Rhinoceros..............

Water Life: Sea Turtle........... Dolphin.................

Insects: Honey Bee............ Monarch Butterfly.......

Birds: Barn Owl............. African Penguin.........

Environmental: Great Barrier Reef..... The Arctic..............



The koala is an arboreal

Lifespan: 13 – 18 years

herbivorous marsupial native

Scientific name:

to Australia. It is the only

Phascolarctos cinereus

extant representative of the

Mass: 8.8 – 33 lbs (Adult)

family Phascolarctidae and its

Trophic level: Herbivorous

closest living relatives are

Gestation period: 30 – 36

the wombats, which comprise the family Vombatidae.

The koala’s territory is getting smaller because people are cutting down trees and making farms on them. Koalas can only live in one place in the world, Australia. The koala only eats Eucalyptus leaves and it eats so many leaves, it smells like the leaves. The koala hops from tree to tree and climbs the trees to get the leaves. The koala will eat 2.5 pounds of food a day. It uses its claws to get the branches and get the leaves.

Now there are only 2,000 to 8,000 koalas in the wild! Although not officially classified as endangered, the population of Australian koalas has dropped by 90% in less than a decade. This is due to the destruction of the koala’s natural habitat, a narrow crescent on the eastern coast of Australia.

Currently Australia is going through a natural catastrophe as bush fires rage through the only place these little guys can survive. And even though they aren’t going extinct in the very near future. it is more than likely that this type of event will continue. with that will come them going extinct. between 350 and a thousand koalas have been found dead so far in fire-devastated zones of northern New South Wales.

The reason for these fires and the loss of habitat is all of mans design. they are taking down there habitat for farming. which is giving them nowhere to live and with the heat rising and bush fires becoming more common. It is almost a fact that these poor adorable animals will soon be a thing of the past.

“It’s not looking good for koalas at all, even before the fires, it’s illegal to kill a koala, for instance—their habitat is highly vulnerable and Very little of koala habitat is designated as protected area. the government needs to put the environment before economic growth.”

-Adam Hosking


The rhinoceros, commonly

and three to Southern Asia.

abbreviated to rhino, is one of

Scientific name: Rhinocerotidae

any five extant species of odd-

Mass: 5,100 lbs,

toed ungulates in the family

Speed: 31 mph,

Rhinocerotidae, as well as any

Gestation period: 16 – 18

of the numerous extinct species

months, Lifespan: 40 – 50

therein. Two of the extant

years, rhinoceros:

species are native to Africa

A hundred years ago, it is

is to take your ear.

thought that about 500,000

This is what we do to these poor

rhinos lived on Earth. Today,

creatures. We kill them just to

approximately 29,000 rhinos

take a horn that only has value


to humans as a trophy, because of mans greed. and even if they don’t kill the poor thing it

this is all because of man made

takes away its only defense

problems once again. Rhinos

against predators.

are endangered due to poaching for their horns. Additionally,

And we continue to destroy

habitat destruction is causing

there homes so we can make

rhinos to lose their homes.

mass farms. places that these

Finally, natural disasters are

creatures walked before man,

also threatening the rhino with

like we always have done through


history. we take and say it was always ours in the first place.

This is because of mans need

Soon these poor souls will no

for things that have no right

longer roam the plains with

to be theirs. imagine someone

their babies. Soon they will

chases you for days and when they

be nothing more than a museum

finally catch you they kill you.

exhibit. A fragment of the past like

but the only reason they do this

the dinosaurs.

Sea Life

Sea Turtle

Sea turtles, sometimes called

Scientific name: Chelonioidea

marine turtles, are reptiles of

Class: Reptilia

the order Testudines and of

Kingdom: Animalia

the suborder Cryptodira.

Order: Testudines Mass: 350 lbs, Lifespan: So it is hard to accurately measure their life span over this long period of time. The most consistent estimate is about 80 years.

Nearly all species of sea

All the metal straws in the

turtle are classified as

world cant help bring these

Endangered. Slaughtered for

animals back from the terrible

their eggs, meat, skin, and

state we made for them.

shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation.

On top of that there is also

They also face habitat

the fact that even with them

destruction and accidental

being so endangered, we still

capture in fishing gear.

cook and eat the poor things

Climate change has an impact on

which is illegal. Again, the

turtle nesting sites.

only real reason for this is mans. There is no reason to eat

The sea turtle is a beautiful

this animal. to catch it and

creature that we have treated

torture it before killing and

like nothing for a very long

consuming. its not even part

time. Humans have made most of

of our environment. We have to

the problems they face.

go out of our way to even find them.

the trash from our homes and streets flood the habitat of these creatures. killing them

A healthy ocean depends on

and polluting the water they

sea turtles. Without them the

need to survive. plastics

whole balance of the ocean will

openly flow through the water

change. And we are letting the

in giant masses. They get

poor things down by not doing

choked, tangled, and killed by

more. and if we don’t, soon

these things and almost nothing

they will all be dead.

has been done about it.

Dolphin Dolphin is a common name of aquatic mammals within the infraorder Cetacea. The term dolphin usually refers to the extant families Delphinidae, Platanistidae, Iniidae, and Pontoporiidae, and the extinct Lipotidae. There are 40 extant species named as dolphins

Speed: 37 mph Phylum: Chordata Lifespan: 50-60 years Mass: 300-400 lbs Length: 6-8 ft Gestation period: 12 months

Worldwide, dolphins face a variety of impacts that are threatening their existence. Most pointedly, primarily dolphin threats are a result of human activities and their related impacts. In recent history the Baiji, also known as the Yangtze river dolphin, was declared critically endangered, its river habitat ruined by the construction of dams and the invasion of boat traffic. Similarly, endangered dolphins

controversial marine park

like the Maui’s dolphin are on

industry, the ingestion of

the brink of extinction due to

marine debris, activity and

entanglement in fishing gear.

spills resulting from oil and

The Maui’s, a sub-species of

gas development, disturbance

Hector’s dolphin found in the

by recreational watercraft,

waters of New Zealand, are

and noise nonresidential &

teetering on the brink, with

commercial development adjacent

current estimates suggesting

to important coastal habitats,

fewer than 100 members remaining

and invasive species and

in existence.


Climate change has a multitude of effects on the oceans which

Though the ocean is big. It

is having an adverse impact on

isn’t so big that we don’t have

marine mammals such as dolphins

to think of what we are doing

and could become the biggest of

to it. We treat it like a trash

all dolphin threats. As ocean

can. and the living things

temperatures rise from climate

inside it are starting to

change, prey populations can be

boil because of how we abused

affected. Climate change also

the earth. We have reached a

affects ocean currents altering

tipping point. and if we do not

prey distribution, feeding

change. The majestic dolphin


wont be the only extinct thing.

and migratory pathways.

We will be close behind. All actions have a consequence. think about that next time you

Other dolphin threats include

throw something in the water.

capture for the highly

Or take your car instead of the bus.


Honey Bee A honey bee is a eusocial flying

Lifespan: 122 – 152 days

insect within the genus Apis

Scientific name: Apis

of the bee clade, all native to

Class: Insecta

Eurasia but spread to four other

Kingdom: Animalia

continents by human beings

Family: Apidae Size: Honey bees measure about 15 mm long and are light brown in color. Honey bees are usually oval-shaped creatures with golden-yellow colors and brown bands

We’re pretty certain that bees are not dying from GMOs, cellphones, ultraviolet lights, electromagnetic radiation, or aliens, all of which have been blamed at one point or another. There is no single cause, according to most scientists who have studied the problem, but rather a combination of factors that include parasites, pathogens, pesticides, poor nutrition, and habitat loss. About 38 percent of beekeepers’ colonies died between October 1, 2018, and April 1. And the beekeepers bees make up almost 90% of the bees that help us

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein

pollinate plants. This is a big deal, almost 40% of a species was killed in one year. And not only is this alarming simply because of the amount of death. its more alarming because without the bees we all die.

Maybe we should listen closer to one of the smartest men to ever live.

Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly or simply

Scientific name: Danaus plexip-

monarch is a milkweed butterfly


in the family Nymphalidae. Other

Order: Lepidoptera

common names depending on region

Family: Nymphalidae

include milkweed, common ti-

Class: Insecta

ger, wanderer, and black veined

Phylum: Arthropoda

brown. It may be the most fa-

Lifespan: Monarchs live for only

miliar North American butterfly,

2-6 weeks.

and is considered an iconic pollinator species.

North America’s largest

the insects winter are being

population of monarchs, which

logged, which undoubtedly is

migrate between Mexico and

a threat to their survival.

the Midwest, has fallen 80

and Any one of those things is

percent, from a billion in the

enough to wipe out the monarch

1990s to 200 million in 2018.


A smaller monarch population in the western United States that

Without Monarchs and butterfly’s

migrates between California

in general. Whole Eco systems

and the Pacific Northwest is

will be thrown into disarray.

disappearing even faster,

which will cause bigger Eco

dropping from 1.2 million in the

systems to fall. its like domino

1990s to just 30,000 last year

once one falls they all fall.

-- a 98 percent drop. and again it’s all because of Climate change is disrupting

what we have done to there

their long migrations, Meyers

habitat and the earth in

said. Urban sprawl could be

general. Go see them the next

choking out flowering plants.

time you can. Because if things

And the Mexican forests in which

don’t change. Soon we wont be able to see them anymore.


Barn Owl The barn owl is the most widely

Mass: 0.95 – 1.4 lbs

distributed species of owl and

Scientific name: Tyto alba

one of the most widespread

Mass: 0.95 – 1.4 lbs

of all birds. It is also

Scientific name: Tyto alba

referred to as the common barn

Family: Tytonidae

owl, to distinguish it from

Rank: Species

other species in its family,

Wingspan: Barn owls tend to

Tytonidae, which forms one of

measure between 25 and 40cm tall

the two main lineages of living

and adult barn owls can have a

owls, the other being the

wingspan of up to 110cm long.

typical owls.

In 2018 Wildlife Victoria

The barn owl is more than just

received over 117 rescue

a pretty face, it also has a

requests for barn owls between

purpose. Owls are very important

January to mid-July.

in keeping the rodent population under control. Without these beautiful night flying hunters,

The year prior during the same

the Eco system of the forest

period, there were only 12.

would all be thrown out of balance.

This is a shocking amount of deaths, a 875% raise in just a

Rises in rodent populations

year. Why is this happening?

aren’t just a concern because

Because theres no longer enough

most people don’t enjoy them.

pray for them to consume.

Theres many times in history

Because all of the pray doesn’t

where thousands of people

have enough food. Because there

have died due to the diseases

homes are being cut down and

spreed by rodents. Unless you

turned into malls and movie

want another plague its very


important to keep all owls around.

It is also figured that due to the higher and higher level

But if we continue to destroy

of pesticides used to grow

the land,

produce may in fact be poisoning

they will be gone faster than

not only barn owls but many

you could imagine.

different birds.

before you know it

African Penguin The African penguin, also known

Scientific name: Spheniscus

as the Cape penguin, and South


African penguin, is a species

Mass: 6.8 lbs Encyclopedia of

of penguin confined to southern


African waters. Like all extant

Class: Aves

penguins, it is flightless, with

Rank: Species

a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat.

This species is classified as Endangered because it is undergoing a very rapid population decline, probably as a result of commercial fisheries and shifts in prey populations. This trend currently shows no sign of reversing, and immediate conservation action is required to prevent further declines. This again is a direct result of what we are doing. We are over fishing, taking what they eat. So in turn they starve to death. And unlike us these little guys cant just decide to eat something different. This is all they are programed to know to eat. And if something doesn’t change very soon these adorable little warm weather penguins will be gone.

“African Penguins have been sliding towards extinction since industrial fishing started around the Cape. The last four years have seen a population crash. BirdLife International has changed their conservation status to ‘Endangered,’” -BirdLife South



Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the

Area: 134,634 mi²

world’s largest coral reef

Location: Off the east coast

system composed of over 2,900

of the Queensland mainland,

individual reefs and 900 islands

Australia n

stretching for over 3,300 miles over an area of approximately 134,000 square miles. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

n March 2017, the journal

that is killing one of the most

Nature published a paper

beautiful home to the creatures

showing that huge sections of an

of the sea.Due to bleaching

800-kilometre (500 mi) stretch

the waters, as a whole it’s

in the northern part of the reef

ability to recover from any sort

had died in the course of 2016

of water temperature raise or

due to high water temperatures,

damage from people or boats.

an event that the authors put

Which means the next time the

down to the effects of global

water heats up could be the last

climate change.

time this great place houses any ocean life.

It is not only global warming

Arctic The Arctic is a polar region located

The Arctic region is a unique area

at the northernmost part of Earth. The

among Earth’s ecosystems. The

Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean,

cultures in the region and the Arctic

adjacent seas, and parts of Alaska

indigenous peoples have adapted to

(United States), Finland, Greenland

its cold and extreme conditions. Life

(Denmark), Iceland, Northern Canada,

in the Arctic includes zooplankton

Norway, Russia and Sweden. Land within

and phytoplankton, fish and marine

the Arctic region has seasonally

mammals, birds, land animals, plants

varying snow and ice cover, with

and human societies. Arctic land is

predominantly treeless permafrost

bordered by the subarctic.

(permanently frozen underground ice) containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.

But all this life and land is under

So it not only is destroying the

attack by global warming, which is the

environment that all of the animals

result of us not paying attention to

in the arctic need to survive, it can

the planet we live on. And because of

also destroy the environment of other

this all of the ice is melting. Which


might not sound like it is something that would matter. But it does,

And all of this is a snowball effect. If this continues the world will stop

With the melting of the ice comes

in its place. we are walking on the

rises in water levels, with the water

thinnest ice imaginable every day with

levels rising means other parts of

out planet. We need to start right now

land closer to sea level will start

if we ever want anything to survive.

to sink.

I would like to thank : James Edis Fungai Tichawangana Doug Swinson Chris Chow Jordan Whitt Gilles Rolland-Monnet For the Photography.

I would also like to thank every single person who marches, posts, protests, and gives an effort and time out of their lives to fight for our planet and our children’s futures. One day we will look back, and you will be the heroes

I would like to thank : Euan McKirdy David Max Brawn Emily Bissland Jessie HIggins For the Information

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