The world is full of wondrous wildlife. From elegant elephants to buzzing bees, every creature has an important role to play in its environment. As humans, one of our roles is to protect the creatures that need our help. Many animals are at risk due to deforestation, poaching, and other tragic human actions. How can you help? Every single person—no matter who you are or where you’re from—can make a difference to vulnerable animals. Here are just a few of the ways you can protect endangered species in your day-to-day life.
Make Smart Purchases Everywhere
How often do you think about the products you’re buying? From food to clothes and everything in between, the items you buy make a big impact on the environment. Commercial farming plays a huge role in deforestation. Products that contain palm oil come from palm plantations that are taking over tigers’ natural habitats. Even black-market items like ivory or coral can show up without you realizing that they’re illegal. When you shop, look for sustainable, ethically produced products. Buy local groceries as often as you can. Visit thrift stores and other second-hand shops to find quality clothing, furniture, and more without increasing the demand for brand-new products. Finally, look for and support organizations that prioritize environmentally friendly practices and give back to the planet.
Be a Responsible Gardener
Gardening is a fantastic hobby that benefits both you and the world around you. However, certain gardening practices can help or harm the environment. When you plant your garden each spring, choose native plants. Not only will you be supporting your area’s native flora, but these plants are more likely to attract pollinators that help the plant life thrive. Speaking of pollinators, make sure your garden is a safe place for them to visit. Avoid pesticides and other chemical treatments. It’s an essential step that anyone can do to save the bees and other invaluable pollinators.
Raising awareness is one of the most valuable ways you can protect endangered species. If one person can make a difference, imagine how much good an entire community will do. Once you adopt these sustainable and eco-friendly practices in your life, help others do the same. Share resources like sustainable brands to buy from or important organizations to donate to and volunteer for. You can also sign petitions and write to representatives to support legislation that protects wildlife and makes the planet a better place for all of us.