Seventeen states are suing the Trump administration over its new guidelines for the Endangered Species Act. They argue the changes "significantly weaken" the law, which has provided protections to more than 1,600 kinds of animals and plants. It will be harder for officials to consider climate change's effects on wildlife when deciding whether or not to list them for protection. It will also be easier to remove species from the list. And threatened species will see weaker protections, too
Class discussion: Are the U.S. rules to protect endangered animals and plants too weak or too strong? Why would the administration want to change the way the Endangered Species Act is enforced? Who would it help? How many species have gone extinct over the last century? Are human beings driving the other species to extinction? Are we destroying habitat? Do you care if other species die off? Could the extinction of other plants and animals eventually threaten the existence of human beings?