Giant panda over world. Francisco Davila

 

In the creation of the graphic I wanted to make it pleasing to the eye, not only with the design, but also with the selection of the animal. I decided to choose the panda because it would be appealing to everyone. The "vanishing" effect on the panda says two things, one is that the species is on the verge of disappearing, and second is that you most look through the species to see what is beyond it. The planet is there to show what is beneath the transparency of one species. We can pinpoint one species but we most not forget that that one species lives within a web. A web that consists of numerous species that plays numerous roles and It most be understood that in order for the web to be healthy everything most be considered and care should be balanced with in the web.

Endangered species are an influential art form. There are many different art forms, as there are many different endangered species. Our environment influences us as humans in the very same way we influence the environment.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed in December 28, 1973 by President Richard M. Nixon to protect endangered and threatened wildlife species and their habitats. "The law operates by creating a list of endangered plants and animals and then trying to save them, one at a time" (Kloor 14). Saving them one at a time is problematic because the most appealing species will get the attention.
Just like art, some forms get more attention then others. For example, you walk into an art class and all the artwork is displayed to you. Your attention quickly shifts to the art that is most appealing and that's all you like. What might seem nice might not be what was supposed to be done. Mean while a less skilled artist does what was ask to be done down to a hair, it isn't as appealing to the viewer so it wouldn't get as much attention and since you don't know what the assignment was, you ignore it. Well the same goes for endangered species. Keith Kloor, a freelance writer who published an article in "The Sciences" says this:

The most noticeable and charismatic species get disproportionate attention, whereas less appealing critters often just get ignored- even though their role in the habitat maybe far more important.(Kloor qtd 14)

Snow Leopard

The most charismatic species do get the most attention but it is not all bad. They do bring fourth much publicity which is needed. With more scientific data on the complexity of ecosystems, the salvation process would be less hampered.

We most realize that there is only one habitat, but amongst that one habitat lays thousands of species. Everything working in unison, everything relies on each other.

Rain Forest: Costa Rica

 The forests provide homes for thousands of known and undiscovered species of animals and plants. We must be able to see that this is the home to all those species as opposed to one single species. Not only that but we most realize that our actions, logging and agriculture of these rain forests, are eliminating many of these irreplaceable species at an alarming rate.

 

 

Under the MSRP (Multi-Species Recovery Plan), the different needs of different species will be balanced…Part of what makes the MSRP so revolutionary…is its placement of all species including homo sapiens, with in a single frame work. (Webb qtd. in Kloor 16)

 

Coral Reef in the Red Sea

One good solution would be that once an individual species is categorized as endangered, ecosystem science should then come in and take over so that not only the popular species will be saved, but the many other plants and animals could be helped to recover and prevent points of critical decline. Not only that but a change in our attitude towards our environment resulting in a greater appreciation of our surrounding.

 

 

 

 

 

"Endangered Species Act."Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2001. © 1993-2000

"Rain Forest." Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 2001. © 1993-2000

Cunningham- Day, Rachel. "Sharks in danger." Biologist
London, UK: volume 49, 2002

Kloor, Keith. "Vanishing Acts." The Sciences
September/October 1999