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You Can Make a Difference: Let’s Take the Racing Extinction Challenge Together

posted: 11/16/15
by: Danny Clemens
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There's a lot of bad news in the world these days. We're inundated with negative stories -- from wildfires and poachers threatening endangered species to rapidly retreating glaciers, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things that are going wrong around the planet.

It's also easy to feel powerless in the face of such devastating threats. More likely than not, you probably will never find yourself face-to-face with the wildfires in Indonesia or the plastic pollution floating in the Arctic Ocean. How can you make a difference from halfway around the world?

My name is Danny, and I'm here to tell you that you definitely can take a stand for the environment, no matter how far removed you may be.

For the next week, I'm going to take the Racing Extinction Challenge -- and I want you to join me.

Throughout the five-day challenge, you'll be charged with making small lifestyle changes that can help combat species extinction. Our friends at Racing Extinction have made it as easy as possible for you to participate; just head to RacingExtinction.com/Challenge-Yourself, choose how you want to make a difference and get started!

As a participant, you have the option of re-thinking your diet, considering your energy consumption, making smarter seafood choices and curbing your vehicle usage. For five days, you'll receive a daily email with a helpful tip to keep you on track.

Join me as I take a look at my lifestyle choices and identify simple changes that can make a big difference where they're needed the most: in some of the world's most vulnerable ecosystems.

As a wise person once said, it's better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. Let's #StartWith1Thing and make a positive difference this week!

Don't forget to sign up for the challenge at RacingExtinction.com. Check back with me tomorrow here on discovery.com, and I'll let you know how I'm doing with the Racing Extinction Challenge.

I want to hear how you're doing! Tweet @Discovery with the hashtag #StartWith1Thing and let us know how you're making making a difference.

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On Wednesday, December 2nd, Discovery will present a global broadcast of Racing Extinction, a powerful eco-thriller that exposes issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Visit RacingExtinction.com for more information.

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