National Geographic : 1988 Dec
There's Only OneWayTo SaveThe NaturalWorld. In the age of the dino- B Y saur, the earth lost a single I 1i species every thousand years.Today, we lose one every single day. At this horrifying rate, by the year 2000, one out of every five species now on the face of the earth will have disappeared. AtThe Nature Conservancy, it is our sole purpose to prevent this cataclysm. And it can, indeed, be prevented. Some 30 years ago, we came to a rather simple conclusion: that the surest, most efficient way to preserve natural land was not to beg for it, but to buy it. And buy it we have. To date, we have privately secured more than 3 million acres. (That's more land than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.) We're protecting wetlands in the Carolinas, prairies in the Dakotas, deserts in the Southwest, islands off the coast of New England, rain forests in Latin America. With 1100 preserves, we've created the largest private sanctuary in the world t B. today. And literally every CR single day,we protect just about 1000 acres more. We are not dreamers. We are pragma tists.We recognize that the destruction of each species brings us closer to the extinc tion of our own. We've also come to under stand that in allowing one species to vanish, we may be losing forever the cure to a dis ease or the solution to a famine. But faster than we can buy up the land, man is encroaching upon it, polluting it, elim inating it.Which is why we need your help. Buying back the earth takes lots of money. And most of our support comes from our members. If you have $10, $20, or $50 to give to become a member of The Nature Conservancy,you'd be advancing our cause dramatically. Buying back the earth is ultimately the job of each of us-the people of the earth. Dollar by dollar, acre by acre. Please tear out the envelope and join us. The Nature Conservancy PO. Box CDNGOO2, 1815 North Lynn St., Arlington, VA 22209 Clockwise from above right: Golden Headed Tamarin,Whooping Crane, Florida Panther, Manatee.