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Preservation of Biodiversity Human beings have inhabited Earth for just a blink of an eye Almost any ecosystem can provide resources valuable to humans However recent reports show that approximately 40 percent of the earths land surface has been altered by humanity Becher These altered surfaces have provided communities for humans but the process has destroyed many native species and ecosystems Global biodiversity is currently in danger Estimates vary in how fast a species becomes extinct from one species per day to one species per hour Howes In ancient times geological activities and natural catastrophes would cause the extinction of species But today humans cause extinction through the manipulation of land use pollution and etc There are many reasons to preserve biodiversity such as medical advances contributions to their ecosystem and much more The primary arguments for preserving global biodiversity can be separated into two categories human motives and natural existence Preserving a diversity of life on Earth has come to be an accepted goal for many people BotkinKeller Four distinct categories why humans desire to preserve biodiversity are recreational religious aestheticemotive and economicintellectual reasons There are many reasons for preserving biodiversity because of recreation Children love the sight of exotic animals and other species The most accommodating site to view a wide variety of species is a zoo and other similar sites These sites provide jobs and enjoyment for people of all ages Recreation also means the poaching of animals whether or not they are rare The second reason to preserve biodiversity due to human motives is religion Preserving a species for religious purposes can be taken two ways An animal insect or etc can be worshipped ie scarab beetles and cats in the days of ancient Egypt or preserved because a higher being created its existence Human beings are not all- knowing and all-powerful Decimating a species should not be our choice but our actions provide this result daily The
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