When I was a child, I used to live in rural America. There I saw thousands of fireflies all across the field. I use to think it gives us directions to the wizard world.
So, I chased around the field ignoring the fact that my mom warned me about the snakes. The field looked so mesmerizing with these lighting insects.
Sadly, our future generation may never be part of such a childhood. Earlier this year, United Nations released a report alarming the citizen about the decline of fireflies. But fireflies is just one of the millions species that are announced to be in the risk of extinction because of humans.
The continuous prevention of insects is actually causing them to be extinct due to us.
“By spraying toxic pesticides, polluting our air and water, degrading the landscape, and emitting ever more carbon, we’ve essentially captured nature in a big glass Mason jar, screwed the lid tight, and neglected to punch holes in the top.”
Fireflies are a vital medical community. They treat many patients in the world. And if fireflies are in extinct, many patients are at significant risk as well.
Scientists say that the estimated 2,000 species of fireflies have been declining for years. Losing these glowing creatures, also known as “lightning bugs” in some parts of the U.S., robs future generations of one of the simplest and most pleasurable joys of childhood. It also robs doctors and researchers of a valuable diagnostic tool. By injecting chemicals found in a firefly’s tail into human cells, researchers can detect diseases like cancer and muscular dystrophy.
These little creatures are so important that even Selangor Declaration of 2010 warned about the tragedy it causes if they are extinct, causing an unhealthy environment.
“Fireflies are indicators of the health of the environment and are declining across the world as a result of degradation and loss of suitable habitat, pollution of river systems, increased use of pesticides in agro-ecosystems and increased light pollution in areas of human habitation,” the declaration said. “The decline of fireflies is a cause for concern and reflects the global trend of increasing biodiversity loss.”
These creatures do us no harm but good. Still, we want them to go away from our area, and we actually are killing them.
And that being said, if we want to leave a better future behind to your children and grandchildren, we need to take immediate action.
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