In the middle of ASU’s football game against the University of Southern California in early November, a fox ran onto the field. the game was paused, the crowd was in awe, and it started trending on social media right away, even before my friends in the game could send me their own pictures of the fox.
seeing the fox on the field reminded me of seeing a cat run onto a baseball field at lodepot park in miami. both the cat and the fox running into their respective fields gave me similar feelings of sadness and guilt towards the animals.
As funny and interesting as it was, the fox running into the field symbolizes something bigger. Humans have long taken over wildlife habitats, so it was only a matter of time before an animal interfered with an urban environment.
According to Karen Bradshaw, a law professor at Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law who specializes in environmental law and has written a book on animal rights, the coexistence of people with animals is crucial to the future of humans and animals alike.
“Our continued existence depends on theirs: Biodiversity loss is a hidden crisis and one of the greatest threats to humanity. We are intertwined with every other living thing on earth,” Bradshaw said.
Biodiversity loss occurs when there is a decrease in biodiversity within the earth and, according to Bradshaw, is one of our greatest threats to humanity. Biodiversity provides ecosystem functions that are vital and irreplaceable if lost, such as soil fertilization, tree pollination, and erosion control, to name a few. it is important for humans to care for and share space with wildlife to avoid further loss of biodiversity.
“perhaps the fox was a very public reminder that wildlife always co-exists with humans, everywhere, even in the most humane spaces,” bradshaw said. “Perhaps it was a symbolic invitation to current asu students, who will become future leaders in the state of arizona, to consider a new way of understanding our campus, community, and world.”
there are many ways the asu community can use their skills in innovation to develop creations where wildlife and people can share a common space. bradshaw said he “would love to see public spaces at asu transformed to practice and model cutting-edge environmental soundness,” and believes asu students, staff and alumni have the brains and creativity to take positive steps in this address.
Wildlife as we know it is constantly changing and moving as a result of human destruction, which is sad and disturbing, especially considering that wildlife and biodiversity are necessary for the world to continue to function. shrinking wildlife space will continue to cause biodiversity loss, threatening humanity as we know it.
It’s important for humans to grow and prosper, but not when we’re trying to take the place of wildlife. every animal and plant plays an important role on this planet and the damage that we as humans are causing to wildlife cannot be erased. Right now it’s too late to fully repair the damage humans have caused, but it’s better late than never to start.
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