Simples things we can do to protect our biodiversity |24 May 2021
According to the United Nations, biological diversity doesn’t just cover the wide variety of plants, animals and microorganisms, but it also includes genetic differences within each species and the variety of ecosystems (lakes, forest, deserts, agricultural landscapes) that host multiple kinds of interactions among their members (humans, plants, animals).
These biodiversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilisations, and the loss of biodiversity threatens all, including humans and their health. Therefore, the theme for the 2021 event is ‘We’re part of the solution’, and it urges each and every one of us to play our part and contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity.
Keeping in line with this year’s theme, we ourselves can individually become a part of the solution, and accordingly, change our behaviour, take action and do some simple things to help protect the endangered species. Here are some ways to do just that:
Learn about the endangered species in your area.
Knowing what flora and fauna exist in your locality, and which of their species are under threat, is the optimal first step. Once we know where the problem lies, channelling our efforts towards its resolution becomes easier.
Do not buy products made of endangered flora and fauna.
High demand for ivory, fur and other such products leads to attempts of increasing the supply. This effectively results in higher poaching, hunting and trafficking activities, which only ends up endangering the species further.
Minimise herbicide and pesticide usage on plants.
These pollutants are hazardous, and can affect wildlife at many levels, as they take a long time to degrade and build up in the soils or throughout the food chain.
Reduce water usage both indoors and outdoors.
Clean water is a valuable resource not just for humans, but for animals as well. Not having access to clean water can cause all sorts of problems for endangered wildlife, and therefore, it is crucial we consume water wisely and responsibly and conserve this valuable resource for everyone to use.
Avoid products made using forest wood.
Lowering the demand for wood would result in less cutting of vulnerable trees and forests. This will also aid in the protection of species that dwell within the forest ecosystems, as it will keep their environment safe.
Drive vigilantly near forest areas.
Roads that cut into forests divide habitats and present a constant hazard to any animal attempting to cross from one side to the other. Therefore, our decision to drive slowly and safely could be the difference between life and death for an already vulnerable forest species.
Hold your elected representatives responsible.
Ask them what steps they are taking to support the conservation and protection of endangered species, and let them know just how important animal conservation is not just for yourself, but everyone.
Donate money to a recognised wildlife and conservation organisation.
Financial aid can go a long way in helping such groups and organisations in their conservation efforts.
Visit nature reserves and national parks.
Such visits won’t just offer you a chance to witness the on-ground realities for yourself and increase your awareness, but they will also play a role in supporting endangered species’ habitats, which will ultimately help in their own protection.
Spread the word!
Talk to your family, friends, colleagues and social media connections and educate them on the importance of species conservation. The more people you convince to join the cause, the higher your collective chances of achieving the goal.
Compiled by Christophe Zialor