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Saving Life On Earth

Saving Life on Earth

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What can you do to help save life on Earth? Biodiversity is a buzz word but how can you or I make a difference?

Remember that everything is connected..

It’s a tenet of ecology and an underpinning principle to sustainability. Every choice we make – in our home, in the marketplace, the workplace, at school – has repercussions that extend beyond the face-value of the action.

When you wash toxins down the toilet, they eventually reach our waterways and have impacts on aquatic plants, amphibians, macroinvertebrates and fish. When you eat large quantities of meat, you’re fueling an industry that contributes to land degradation (erosion and salinity, for example). When you buy cheap plastic rubbish, you help drive a cycle of production that is often environmentally and socially toxic.

And so it goes on. In some way or form, everything we do in the absence of sustainability mindfulness has impacts on the planet’s biodiversity, the plants and animals that populate this world. Remember: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Thus everything is connected.

Check your consumption

Because everything is connected, our choices as consumers are particularly important. Be a conscientious consumer. Buy local. Grow your own food. Recycle clothes and other items. Avoid cheap plastic rubbish. And whatever you do, say no to products made from endangered species (eg. ivory, tiger bone, rhino horn, seal fur, not to mention countless species of trees and other plants!).

Donate to good causes..

There’s a lot of talk about how charitable donations frequently get absorbed by administration and marketing costs. Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) have costs to cover (like any organization does). That said, it’s always good to know where your money goes. When donating to charities, I prefer to give to clearly defined projects that deliver strong on-ground environmental outcomes (eg. conservation of endangered species and habitats).

I also wholeheartedly endorse the importance of donating to environmental and sustainability education programs. This is not least because the only way we will effect social change to support biodiversity is through sharing knowledge and skills, decision-making and participation. When people learn, for example, that the extinction of a particular native frog-species may lead to increased outbreaks in malaria (because the frog is no longer around to eat the mosquitos), they might be more inclined to voice their disapproval about commercial interests to appropriate the frog’s habitat for activities that return a profit to a limited few.

Campaign for change..

Sign a petition, join a protest, volunteer with an NGO, commit some time and effort to promoting biodiversity values. Whether you want local government to establish a biodiversity management plan, or you want corporations to stop polluting the water catchment – remember that “change campaigns” must appeal to people, not some nameless organization or committee. Speak up on behalf of the environment, for a more sustainable future for us all – humans and nonhumans alike.

There’s much more we can do to help save the plants and animals of Earth. But these are just a few tips to get us started. It all comes back to what we believe about ourselves and our place in the world, how we perceive life beyond our own, the nature of our relationships with the people, plants and animals of our remarkable planetary home.

It’s about loving life. Yes, loving life! So love this life. All life. In its many marvelous, miraculous and profoundly unique forms.

Save Life on Earth

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