From a young age, I have always looked at animals and nature as pure- something that we should coexist with and respect. Animals provide us with more than just food and clothing. They provide unique glimpses into the natural world that help fulfill us on a level higher than that of survival. We keep animals like dogs or cats as pets, and view them as friends and family. Unfortunately with mankind’s relentless desire to grow and expand, we have wiped many of these creatures off the face of Earth. Many times we posses an egotistical view that humans, based on our ability to reason, are superior to everything else in the natural world. Personally, I believe that the world needs conservationists to take a step back from the expansion of humans, and take a real look at how society has caused populations of hundreds of animals, birds, fish, and insects to dwindle to dangerously low levels. If I had the opportunity, I would work hands on with environmentalists, zoologists, and corporations to raise awareness about their decreasing numbers and arrange funding for large scale wildlife preserves where endangered species can begin to flourish again. The extinction of one animal, even one as small as a fly can have drastic effects on the total ecosystem, and I believe its about time we trade some of the eagerness to expand with a willingness to coexist.