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Plants Going Extinct Faster Than Ever

Posted on 27 September 2019

Plants all over the world are going extinct at a rate 350 times faster than usual. In fact, some ecologists are so concerned with how quickly they’re becoming extinct that they’re calling it the sixth mass extinction. 

Currently, one million plant species are at risk of going extinct, which follows recent news that 571 plant species became fully extinct. Habitat destruction is the biggest cause of plant extinction, mainly for farming and using the land to construct buildings for human use. 

The biggest extinction is being seen in areas like Madagascar, which are home to thousands of plant species. Experts believe that climate change will continue to drive plant extinction, spelling bad news for the planet as a whole. 

There are lots of things that can be done to preserve plant life in your area; like joining a local tree-planting group, avoid buying unsustainable plant-based products (for example, bamboo is a better option than wood from rainforests!), and telling friends about the issue. Or, visit your nearest national park to learn more about what can be done to help.