Benefits of Endangered Species Act all around us

Hawaii is paradise, but not always so for nonhuman species. And it saddens me to know that Hawaii is considered the endangered species capital of the world, as detailed in “Animals, plants join list of endangered” (The Maui News, Oct. 31).

And while our geographic isolation is partly responsible for conferring upon our state this discouraging title, we haven’t always done the best job of protecting all the natural gifts bestowed upon us. That’s why we’re fortunate to have the Endangered Species Act, a law that’s prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the species it protects – to help us balance human endeavors with the needs of the stunning plants and animals that make living on Maui, and all of Hawaii, so unique.

Evidence of the act’s 40-year success can be found all around us on the islands. Through the years it’s helped us save everything from the Laysan duck and Hawaiian goose to many of our beautiful sea turtles and whales. And now it will help us save these 15 irreplaceable plants and animals.

Pam Brachmann