Thoughts about Conservation by North Room Students

Every year National Geographic Live invites students in the Seattle area to attend special student matinees to meet Conservationists, naturalists and photo journalists.  The North Room responded to a presentation they saw with research, writing and oil pastel paintings. 



By Ayar

Conservation is preserving, protecting and caring for Earth’s life and natural resources, the resources we use in our daily life. Like wood, food, gas and fossil fuel. We don’t realize the harm we do to the earth and it causes lots of problems. Because we burn the fossil fuels it breaks down the ozone layer and this causes global warming. Because of global warming the ice caps are melting and it takes away so many places for animals and life. When people cut down wood for houses and industries it takes away the forests to cleanse the air and not only that it takes away the homes for almost all the the population of animals.

The Giant Panda was going through a similar problem. It had been endangered for many years. Its bamboo forests were being cut down for food or art and they were suffering. People started to realize it and began reinforcing them and setting boundaries on the bamboo forests. They protected them and they started to grow in population and are almost fully recovered. What they did with the panda is 100% conservation. Not only did people protect and care for the panda they brought the population back to healthy state.

If people can get the giant pandas to a good state I think people are very capable of getting other animals and the life on earth into a good state too. If we can start realizing what we are doing and we do something about it we can protect the earth. By planting trees and restoring habitats and stopping the burning of fossil fuels we can do it.


by Boden 

We can help animals like frogs by conserving tropical forests. People are cutting down trees to use as fuel or lumber for housing and that is destroying their habitat. I recommend not cutting down trees or polluting water and air. That in itself helps so many animals. That’s conserving to save animals and wildlife. By helping frogs, you help other animals who share the same habitat. So if we save frogs we save so many animals because of the food chain because frogs eat insects and other animals eat frogs.

In conclusion, do not use too much CO2, also known as carbon dioxide. It comes from burned fossil fuels which comes from coal, gas, and oil. Do not pollute and help conserve.


by Gus

You know how people say, “the sun will make the earth set on fire and kill us” they’re actually half right? The real answer is, no, we’re killing ourselves. I know it might seem crazy, but who’s burning the fossil fuel that will destroy the ozone layer? Us. we’re burning it. We’re killing ourselves. So how can we stop it? Well, conservation. 

Conservation is the balance between development and natural habitats. We need this humans are overly developing, which causes animals to lose an essential thing: space. We need to protect this space for biodiversity. Biodiversity is important because if one species is food for another species that can only live in a specific habitat and we develop that land, then the animals that rely on that species will starve. There are two kinds of resources: renewable resources such as water, air, food, and materials; and nonrenewable resources such as fossil fuels and minerals. We use renewable resources the most, but we still use nonrenewable resources, too. You are burning fossil fuels on every drive in your car or cooking on gas stoves. Even this is enough to deteriorate the ozone layer to become harmful to humans. To conserve these resources, we need to use only what is necessary and not waste anything. For example, you could turn off your car when stopped or take public transportation. You could use less water. To save the planet, we can all try to reduce our carbon footprint using the methods above.


By Harper

Conservation is protecting the life around us and letting it live. It is important because without it, millions of living things all around the world could be gone, and us humans would have to live with the fact that it was our fault. Eventually every single species would be wiped out, until the only ones left would be us and the ones cloned and engineered. We would never get to feel the wonders of nature again. There would be no pine forests filled with water falls, squirrels, or birds. We would never see the world at it’s purest. Is that the world you want to give to your children? Would that world appeal to them? Already hundreds of species go extinct every year. You can contribute in reducing that number down to zero through conservation.

The animal I have drawn is a poison dart frog. Poison dart frogs are happiest when the air in their environment is clean and unpolluted, as poison dart frogs breathe through their skin. Poison dart frogs have enough poison to kill 10 grown humans, or 20,000 mice. Poison dart frogs are critically endangered due to the loss of rain forest habitat. I recommend helping by planting trees, reusing all sorts of things like paper, cardboard, bags (both plastic and paper). More options are picking up trash, not buying ivory and illegal animal products, using sustainable development to thrive, becoming vegetarian, and encouraging others to do the same. Sustainable development is building without hurting our environment and the things that live in it.

Conservation for Turtles and Tortoises

By Ian Montgomery

Conservation is very important for all animals including turtles and tortoises. Conservation is important for tortoises because tortoises eat tree leaves and if trees are cut down the tortoises will not get their food, and starve to death, so don’t cut down trees.

Sea turtles are almost extinct because in the 1800’s and early 1900’s people hunted and ate sea turtles. Sea turtles also can run into plastic and bad chemicals in the ocean and get sick, thanks to people that pollute the ocean. We should find a more sustainable way of getting rid of trash. I recommend using reusable materials instead of plastic, like metal water bottles, reusable shopping bags, reusable napkins, so that sea turtles don’t go extinct.

If we all keep conservation going and contribute to protecting these animals, all animals will live on.


By Jordi

Conservation is protecting something so it does not become extinct. It is important because many animals need to be protected. They are dying due to poaching, over-hunting, habitat destruction, and many other reasons.

The orca, for example, is eating plastic in the water that is making it sick. Because it is sick, it does not eat the salmon it needs, and the orca starves to death. Plastic is killing many other animals and we need to do something to help.

One way we can help is using reusable items instead of plastic. Some things we can use are metal water bottles and reusable shopping bags. We can also help by cleaning up beaches. If we all pitched in it would benefit many animals.


By Ken Tong

Conservation is leaving animals in their natural habitats and letting them be wild. Conservation is also not littering and not cutting down trees. People are cutting down trees for lumber and places to develop houses. If we cut down lots of trees then animals don’t have shelter and if animals don’t have shelter then they won’t live. If we litter then the animals might get caught in the trash. For example, sometimes when you go to the beach for a picnic you can forget to pick up your plastic bags that holds your food. Dolphins and sea turtles can get caught in them and if they get caught in them they can choke. If we leave animals in their natural habitat then they will have a chance to be wild. Even if the animal is realy cute like the sloth you still shouldn’t try to keep it. Conservation is important because if we didn’t conserve our beaches, oceans, forests, or deserts then we wouldn’t have as many animals as we do today.

You can help the cheetah by raising money for cheetah conservation organizations like National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Did you know that in 1990 the cheetah population was around 100,000 now there are only around 9,000 to 12,000 left in the wild. You can also help by learning as much as you can about cheetahs and visiting Africa.

Why Otters are Important  

By Max

Currently conservation is a large topic in politics but most politicians don’t take much action to help animals or forests. The sea otter is endangered and their population is still declining; the reason I am informing you of this is that these otters play a key role in the environment by protecting kelp forests, these kelp forests are home to many fish and crustaceans, besides that they also sequesters carbon dioxide. The way these otters help these forests is they eat sea urchins that eat the kelp.

It used to have numbers in the hundreds of thousands but is now about three thousand or so; its fur was highly valued in the 18th-20th century so it population declined by a very large amount, the fur trade had a big part in that but when Fur Seals were no longer allowed to be hunted the Otter was banned from hunting as well.

Their population has been slowly increasing but still needs more help; you can help by leaving them alone if you find some or if you see plastic in any body of water just pick the plastic up.


 By Rhea

Elephants are the cutest animals on the planet, at least I think so. I mean, the babies suck their trunks for comfort. How cute is that?! But they are in danger. People are killing them for their tusks. We can help by not buying ivory. If we don’t buy ivory, they won’t kill the elephants to sell it.

Elephants aren’t the only animals on the endangered list. Whales, dolphins, and many ocean friends are in trouble, too. We can help this by not polluting the beaches, recycling, and encouraging others to do so, too. We also can help by taking shorter showers because that saves water. Conservation is when you do little things that add up to the good thing of saving the environment. Conservation is a good thing, so lets start conserving!

Wildlife Habitats

By Rose

Wildlife habitats are one of the key thing animals need to survive. So if we want help wild animals live we must not take their habitats. When people destroy their habitats they have no place to live, so they can go extinct.This is the reason why pandas are endangered animals.

One thing you can do to help save pandas and other animals is to donate to conservation organizations that help animal habitats so that people do not cut them down. A thing we can do that will help all animals is to take shorter showers to save water. We can also do less driving to reduce greenhouse gases. It is important to do this because if we don’t many animals can go extinct.

Hedgehogs and Conservation

By Ardin

Hedgehogs are largely domesticated animals; they have been for nearly 30 years. There are more hedgehogs living in people’s houses than there are in the wild. If we don’t save the remaining hedgehogs living in the wild, the population of other animals that eat hedgehogs will decrease, and that will affect other animals and so on. Their natural habitats are hedgerows, meadows and woodlands in Africa, Asia, Europe and New Zealand. We can help hedgehogs by avoiding littering, plowing or making buildings in that type of area. You can also build a garden and a hedgehog or two might come and live in it for a while, that way you don’t have to have one as a pet and still be able to see them.

If you already have a domesticated hedgehog as a pet than do not let it go. If you do, it will probably die of starvation or it will get hit by a car. The reason for this is that it has not had any experience surviving by itself in the outside world, and it does not know what is safe to do. For example, if a hedgehog sees some food across the road, it will follow its instincts and cross the road, and a person in a car will not see the hedgehog and run over it. And, finally, if you see a hedgehog in the wild and you love it, let it stay there, that is where it will be happiest.

Keep Our Planet Safe and Healthy

by Leah

Don’t be a meadow stomper! A meadow stomper is a person who does not stay on the trails when hiking. I learned this at Mount Rainier because my family goes camping and hiking there. The reason they want people to stay off the trails is so the animals can build their habitats where they like.