by Bradley Trevor Greive.
  1. "For endangered species we are both their greatest enemy,
  2. and their only hope.
  3. Those wonderful creatures will not argue their case.
  4. They will not put up a fight.
  5. They will not beg for reprieve.
  6. They will not say goodbye.
  7. They will not cry out.
  8. They will just vanish.
  9. And after they are gone, there will be silence.
  10. And there will be stillness.
  11. And there will be empty places.
  12. And nothing you can say will change this.
  13. Nothing you can do will bring them back.
  14. With so many lives hanging in the balance,
  15. the paths we choose today will decide the fate of the world.
  16. So it's up to us.
  17. It's up to you and me to decide who lives and who dies."