Sometimes it’s hard to find much to celebrate when you look around and see how we continue to find new ways to destroy the only planet known to sustain life. But it gives me hope that we now have 40 years of evidence showing we can stop the extinction of plants and animals whenever we show the political will to protect them by using the Endangered Species Act.
Even though there are always some shortsighted politicians in Congress working to weaken the Act, I think it’s pretty clear it has proven to be one of the most effective conservation laws ever passed. It has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species placed under its protection.
It is hard to believe that President Nixon signed the Act into law but not hard to believe that the current Republicans will kill it by underfunding at the first opportunity, which is just another reason why we need Ed Markey in the Senate to save endangered species here at home and world wide as well.