For over 200 million years, ponds, marshes, grasslands, and rain forests have come alive with the calls of frogs. Yet these remarkable and colorful animals are declining at such a rapid rate that they are being called the Earth’s next dinosaurs. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction.
World-renowned Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson has written in the book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth:
Kermit the Frog, to summarize the situation in a phrase, is sick. And to varying degrees so is much of the living world. Might Homo sapiens follow? Maybe, maybe not. But with certainty we are the great meteorite of our time, having begun the sixth mass extinction of Phanerozoic history. We are creating a less stable and interesting place for our descendants to inherit.
Frogs are threatened by habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and disease. Because they breathe and drink through their skin, they are extremely sensitive to an unhealthy environment. Chemicals, pesticides, ozone, and UV are dangerous, even deadly, to them.
This New Jersey nonprofit organization is called FROGS ARE GREEN because we believe that healthy frogs mean a healthy planet. By saving the frogs, we will also save our planet—and ourselves.
Please hop in and get involved. We’d love to hear from you!
— Susan Newman, Founder
Announcing the WINNERS of the 2014 Contests! Congrats to you all!
The entire Kids Art Gallery on Flickr of 973 artworks from 32 countries.
The video below showcases last spring’s exhibition at The Distillery Gallery of international frog art by children aged 3-12, from more than 27 countries. The exhibition was well attended and a special thank you to Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City and JC1TV for helping broadcast this issue. Now that all the winners have been announced for 2014 contests, we have scheduled exhibitions around Earth Day and Save the Frogs Day 2015.