I know you all know what a tiger is, but I'm wondering if I asked you, would you know the truth? Would you know what's really going on in the world? Honestly, these days I spend every moment wondering who knows the truth and who doesn't. Social media has provided the perfect distraction from reality that people are often to caught up in their snapchat status or how many followers they have on Twitter that they barely notice what's happening to the world around them. They spend so much time looking up twerk videos and the latest Kim K. news that most people don't realise we're in the midst of a 6th mass extinction. Yes, you heard me right, 6TH MASS EXTINCTION. The last mass extinction killed the dinosaurs and destroyed nearly all life on earth. This one could be even more destructive. And it's not being caused by a meteor or natural shift in climate it's being caused by us. By humans. We are responsible for the extinction of 320 species over the past 500 years. And in the coming decades we will be responsible for thousands more, and eventually one of those extinctions might be us. But today I'm here to talk to you about one particular animal in crisis, one which is very close to my heart and an apex predator across most of Asia and northern Russia, the tiger. Without the tiger many ecosystems will crumble apart and it will be all our fault. Since the 1900s tigers have lost 93% of their historic range because of deforestation, habitat loss, agriculture, road building, human encroachment and the construction of cities and towns. One hundred years ago a million tigers roamed the earth. Now, there are only 3,200.
Below is a link to a post I found on demitasse-lovers tumblr page. It has links to various organisations attempting to save tigers, through donations, petitions and awareness about their current crisis. I'm asking you, no I'm begging you, to please do something to help, even if you just sign one petition or donate two dollars. If we continue on our current path ALL tigers will be EXTINCT by 2022. I am not explaining to my children what a tiger looked like because they're never going to see one. I am not telling them that we sat by and did nothing (or practically nothing) as poachers slaughtered 3,200 innocent animals. I am not telling them we failed to save 3,200 lives because we were too ... selfish to change our ways. And I know there are people around the world trying to change things, trying to save the earth, heck I'm one of them, but we need help. We can't do this alone. So, please, donate. Sign a petition. Raise funds through a bakesale, a dance, a pool party, sell lemonade. Spread the word. Raise awareness for tigers and every other species falling victim to the 6th mass extinction. Celebrate Global Tiger Day on July 29 and try to get your friends to celebrate with you. I am not going to tell my children what a tiger looked like, they are going to see one. Because we are going to save them. We are going to change things. But that change, it all has to start with you. It has to start with you willing to make a stand. To take a chance. To make a difference. Even if everyone in the world is screaming at you to just let them die don't back down. Because even if the tigers go extinct I'd rather live in a world where they die but I know I did everything I could to save them, then a world where they die and I just sat by and watched them suffer.
(I'm not accounting for anyone else's comments on tumblr about this post. I think two people swore in response to this, so just a warning if that will offend anyone)