panda-pression

panda-pression

panda-pression

desi yeaman

 

    You’re probably reading the title thinking to yourself, “The title doesn’t make any sense.” But let me tell you, we are in what I call a ‘panda-pression’ (the great panda depression). Global warming has had a massive effect on pandas as a whole. Pandas already are highly at risk of extinction, so the addition of climate change on top of that issue only makes it 1000 times worse. And, as of recently, only around 1,800 pandas are left. I know that 1,800 may sound like a large number, but if you compare it to the world population, 7.9 billion, that number is actually pretty small. As you probably already know, pandas rely on bamboo as their food source. But believe it or not, bamboo actually isn’t nutritious for pandas at all, that’s why they eat so much of it. And as you can probably guess, global warming isn’t very nice to bamboo trees, and the demand for them as-well.

 

    One of the main ways pandas are affected is by their food supply. Pandas spend the majority of their day eating to be able to get all the nutrients they need. Because of deforestation and climate change, pandas are heavily affected when it comes to food, (a necessity for pandas). Without any food supply in eyesight, pandas move around trying to find bamboo and slowly adapt to eating leafs from trees. Many pandas nowadays need to be kept in captivity due to this problem. Pandas aren’t safe and supported naturally in the wild because of what we have done. Slowly over the years, we have cut down their supply of food (deforestation), shrunken their already fragmented habitat, and made growing bamboo even harder than it already was due to climate change. How are pandas supposed to thrive like this? But, with all of this said, it’s not too late. Please still try to do everything you can to support the end of climate change and the beginning of a clean, and healthy world. Every helping hand counts, and I’m happy to say that slowly but surely, we’re getting there. Please continue to work and work and work, for the pandas!