Saving Creation: The Story of the Sixth Extinction

Robin Smith’s presentation will delve into the fossil record and discuss the imminent sixth extinction of plants and animals the world is currently facing. “Saving Creation” offers an “Earth Survival Manual” outlining the personal actions and federal government policy reforms that must happen if we are going to save all the Earth’s inhabitants—including ourselves!

The first people to settle North America 15,000 years ago saw camels, zebras, lions, cheetahs, rhinoceros, and woolly mammoths. They also saw bizarre creatures like the Volkswagen Beetle-sized armadillo called a Glyptodont, ground sloths that tipped the scales at 7,700 pounds, and giant Saber-toothed Cats.

But they are all extinct now—57 species of Megafauna gone in the blink of an eye. Where did they go? Is their disappearance related to the 24,000 species of plants and animals worldwide that are threatened with extinction today?

This fascinating presentation will include:

  • The bizarre animals that lived in North America 15,000 years ago and why they are now extinct;
  • Earth’s five past mass extinctions;
  • Why scientists believe we’re in the middle of the sixth extinction;
  • The common thread that links the loss of Saber-toothed Cats to Passenger Pigeons to the extinction crisis we face today;
  • The role our expanding population and overconsumption of natural resources plays in the current extinction crisis; and
  • What we can do to stop extinctions and protect biological diversity.

Bio: Robin Smith started his career teaching high school biology and spent the summers working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service. In Alaska’s Denali National Park he collected data for a caribou research project and spent six weeks observing a wolf den. In Rocky Mountain National Park he tracked bighorn sheep as part of a study to determine the size of the bighorn population and their migration routes. Robin has also shared his love of America’s wildlife and wildlands with thousands of park visitors.

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