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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of critically endangered species bureau, keeps careful records of animals, plants, fungi, and protista, that are currently in danger of going extinct, or otherwise may be extinct already. Their scientists, biologists, zoologists, and botanists, travel the world listing and re-listing the critical  statistics of life around the globe; creatures such as the Dingiso Tree Kangaroo of Western New Guinea, the Amur Leopard of Russia, the Arabian Wolf found along the Arabian Peninsula, and so many more. Hundreds of mammals, birds, plants, trees, bugs, and aquatic life all hanging at the precarious precipice of extinction.

God created every one of these creatures and organisms, each with a specific roll to play in the greater balancing act of this earth. As animals, plants and bugs die off, the earth becomes thrust into an unbalanced cycle.

Humans have the greatest burden to bear, for we were given the task from God Himself to be the caretakers of the world and all it's inhabitants.

Greatest Harm

Humans also have the ability to cause the greatest harm to the earth and it's creatures and plants. As our technologies grow, the precious materials needed to build our infrastructures become less and less. Fracking, strip-mining, clear-cutting, drilling, commercial fishing, dumping, and blasting, are having devastating effects on our earth and it's cycles. Global warming is melting the ice-caps, killing vital algae that feed millions of creatures, mountains are being torn apart for their precious materials, forcing it's creatures into smaller and smaller spaces. Oceans have become dumping grounds for barges of trash and chemicals, rivers are being dammed killing off natural fauna and disrupting fish cycles, and it goes on and on.

Our earth is at a crossroads, for many creatures and plants the time is now! We must do our part everyday to reduce our carbon footprints. We must recycle, we must cut back, and most importantly, we must realize the roll that God bestowed upon us when He asked us to watch over the earth. You wouldn't want somebody to trash your house—let's not trash Gods!

“The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. So they were scattered because their was no shepherd” (Ezekiel 34:4-5).

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