Thursday, January 20, 2011

Penguin awareness day

Well, what a surprise! Today is penguin awareness day, and we weren't even aware of it. Why should we be aware of penguins? Some people think that they are bellwethers of climate change, and that if Adelie penguin numbers continue to decline, humans need to worry. So it's not just that they are cute, or even that they are amazingly well-adapted to live in harsh environments. It's that they have thrived for thousands of years, and our planet can't be in good shape if their numbers are declining.

1 comment:

Roël said...

I was just in Antarctica and I am totally amazed by the penguins. It is awful what we are doing to the climate/planet... even though there were lots of penguins, their numbers are declining as you stated.