Millions of species of animals and plants are at risk of extinction. It might seem that humans are not involved, but this sad process affects us too, and very closely. There are two reasons: biodiversity is a real wealth for the earth, because it allows the maintenance of delicate balances that make the environment in which we live healthy. The other reason is that everyone can commit to doing something to remedy this situation.
So here is a practical guide with seven small gestures that you can do in your daily life to maintain a healthier environment and, consequently, protect the species. At this link you will find a complete list of species at risk and that we have a duty to save.
Donations to local organizations
There are thousands of organizations and associations active in the area that deal with the safeguarding or protection of animals and plants, in Italy and around the world. A small monthly donation is one of the most concrete gestures you can make to help them in their mission.
Refuse the use of products harmful to the environment
Non-biodegradable cosmetics and detergents damage the environment, making the conditions of every ecosystem critical: the dispersion of these materials is one of the main threats to endangered species, but also to humans. In fact, non-biodegradable substances can contain substances that are toxic to our health. Today you can find a large selection of biodegradable products on the market: always prefer those to harmful products.
Do not buy products with palm oil
Palm oil is not a problem so much because it is harmful to health, as for extensive crops. In Indonesia, for example, rainforests are being severely reduced. This has powerful repercussions on the animal and plant species that live there.
Avoid using unnecessary plastic and packaging
If disposed of incorrectly, plastic ends up in the sea, where it causes a lot of damage to wildlife. Findings of beached whales or dolphins suffocated by ingested plastic material are commonplace.
Prefer organic fruit and vegetables
The impact that pesticides have on important species for biodiversity is not negligible, such as pollinating insects, which are also essential as a source of food for other insects or birds.
Reduce meat consumption
Meat production, transport and packaging are responsible for a large part of air pollution. This is one of the reasons for rising temperatures and ocean acidification, hostile conditions for many species. Reducing your meat intake can go a long way!
Avoid products derived from rare animals or plants
This goes without saying, but better to specify it. The trade in some animals or plants is illegal precisely because it endangers the species. Keep this in mind and report any abuse regarding it.
The planet we live on is delicate, it's up to us all to take care of it.