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05/08/2013 06:09 pm ET Updated Jul 08, 2013

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

"The coming together of like-minded individuals through action is what's needed to see wide spread change for us, our planet and its creatures" - Ian Somerhalder

An image surfaced the Internet late last week that left us heartbroken to say the least. Imagine returning home only to find that your home, a place you once lived in, and felt secure in, is now gone, forever. Well, this Koala experienced this heart-shattering event that sadly to say, is an ongoing event that threaten the mere existence of Koala's. The Koala pictured in this image wandered back to his home in New South Wales, Australia last week only to find nothing, except log chippings from the remaining's of the logging operations. A volunteer working with WIRES found him. WIRES is a rescue operation licensed organization authorized under the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals in distressful situations.

The Koala bear has officially been listed as a "threatened species" by the Australian government, due to the dangers caused by urban expansion and climate change. Koala bears are the national symbol of Australia, and sadly not very many remain till this day. The Koala bear population has been nearly depleted as the growing number of trees are cut, leaving them no place to seek shelter and protection, and importantly food, as the CO2 emissions erode the nutritional value of their preferred food choice and the remaining plants.

This Koala is not alone. There are many Koalas just like him that have lost their home to climate change, urban development, severe habitat destruction and the spread of a deadly chlamydia outbreak, leaving them headed closer to extinction. Truly a saddening topic, because we see what is happening, we are witnessing it through the lens of the media, in images and articles, but are we standing up for these koalas, in hopes that they live a longer happier life, a life that they deserved to live? What are we doing about this? The story doesn't have to end there.

Aside from my involvement with the IS Foundation and its commitment in protecting and preserving our precious wildlife, by creating awareness that global deforestation can be seen as a national/international and global security risk, and in fact it is and must be stopped. I wanted to introduce you to a site that has positively changed my life, RYOT, a social platform that gives you the power to "Become the News." Founded by David Darg and Bryn Mooser who felt it is necessary to find ways to actually reach out and change the news, through your participation and involvement in taking action. Each news story on RYOT is paired with a "RYOT note" explaining the social value of the story, while suggesting a charity or organization dedicated to a related cause. Rather than leaving you feeling helpless and frustrated, you are given the opportunity to actually make a difference.

So, yes a picture is worth a thousand words and one of those words is to act. What are you waiting for? Let us change the fate of these and other helpless animals today.