In the article, “Can We Save Monarch Butterflies?” (Upfront, October 10, 2022 subscription required) I learned that monarch butterflies are at the point of being extinct. The percentage of monarch butterflies dropped to 84% from 1996 to 2014. Scientists say it is because of climate change, an increase in certain substances that are toxic to them, and habitat destruction. Endangering may seem like a bad thing for them but it is boosting them. People have started to plant milkweed, food monarch caterpillars eat to help increase their population and help keep them alive.What do you think we should do about Monarch Butterflies almost being extinct?
I think what is happening to monarch butterflies is very tragic. Although there could be hope for them in the future, it is very unlikely they’ll survive. It is very tragic because they are very important to the environment. Without them, we would not have blueberries and squash for food. Birds would also lose them as a food source, as well as humans losing their food sources too.