We, all people, are great apes. And yes that includes you reading this post. Large, tailless, and hairy, we roam the land using our opposable thumbs to do elaborate behaviors and showing off our pretentiously big heads. We great apes are truly amazing creatures, with complex social systems and often incredible cognitive capabilities. And our marvelous and extraordinary family just got bigger. In the lofty mountain forests of Sumatra, Indonesia, a unique species of great ape identified as the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) has been discovered.
Relatively speaking, the world’s oceans are an ecosystem that humans have discovered little about and remain one of the last frontiers of exploration. We harvest many natural resources from our seas and unsustainable fishing practices are pushing numerous fish species to the brink of collapse. The warming of the oceans affects coral, algae, and plankton and puts them at risk of dying out, impacting species up and down the food chain. The effects that humans have on our oceans are not as transparent to us as the impacts we can see in other environments.
Angel Nkwonta and Elizabeth Hwang have more in common than attending the same school. They both won an honorable mention award in the World of 7 Billion student video contest, both choosing to connect population to the global challenge: “The world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.”
Prerana Pai of the Delhi Private School in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates won an honorable mention award in the World of 7 Billion student video contest for her film “Time to Change.” She chose to connect population to the global challenge: “The world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.”
Katherine Selley and Catherine Knox’s “What Will Happen to Us?” won first place in the World of 7 Billion student video contest. The pair chose to connect population to the global challenge: “The world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.”
Many people regard the monarch butterfly as one of the most beautiful insects in the world. Unfortunately, this butterfly is vanishing at an alarming rate. Darryl Fears writes about the diminishing species in his Washington Post article, “The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished,” published February 9, 2015. The U.S.
“The world is in the midst of the sixth mass extinction.” This is one of the global challenges students must consider in this year’s World of 7 Billion video contest. But what is the sixth extinction and what is really going on?