- By some contemporary estimates, we have lost (meaning, destroyed) close to 50% of our natural landscapes, due to deforestation, pollution, and uncontrollable mining of resources.
- With every new road we build on lands that are already overburdened with millions of tons of asphalt, metal, and concrete, we are causing animals that live there to move. That alone can and will cause massive disturbances in the ecosystem.
- Even if you think that the Tiger King should not be in jail, do not adopt a wild animal like a tiger. Ever.
Actions humans take every single day are affecting all life on this planet. In Earth’s ecosystem, everything is connected to the tiniest detail, and the approach you have towards the environment is shaping your life now, and the life of generations that will come in the future, and probably face more problems than you have today.
No Animals = No Humans
There is no discussion about the fact that we can not live on this planet if it were not for animals. The stability of our atmosphere and all the food we eat would not be here if the animal world were not present. If we destroy the global population of bees, something you rarely see in some parts of the world, it is game over. In recent years, the concern for the environment has never been deeper, and the same goes for all the endangered species of animals.
With all the adverse effects global warming has on our planet and the way we still treat natural resources, many of the animal’s natural habitats are in danger of being devastated, with thousands of different populations decimated or even completely extinct. This is an issue that is of global concern and calls for immediate action, and you do not have to feel that you are not important as an individual in this process of what is hoped to be, a change for the better.
There is an incredible number of factors that affect the stability of our ecosystem, but there is an equal number of things you can do to make it achieve equilibrium. All of this does make a difference, and all it takes is a little effort and awareness about the fragility of life that surrounds you.
6. Spread The Word
Everything you learn, and you are sure that it is beneficial to the environment, try to tell others. Start with the people closest to you, with your family, the one that hopefully should not have a problem in understanding how real your intentions are when you bring up the notion of environmental awareness.
5. Help If You Can
If you are in physically good health, try to help the communities and groups that take care of animal life in your town. Donating money is always great, but giving a hand is invaluable because it builds a sense of belonging. Not only yours towards other people, but yours and others towards animals and plants that share the same planet with us. Volunteering is a noble act that everyone should appreciate, and you would directly help save animals and their habitats.
4. Recycle Plastics
Although it is almost impossible to avoid coming in contact with it, the plastics we use and waste detail are a known issue for our planet. There are millions of tons of plastic in the environment: in forests, in rivers, even on the bottom of the ocean, they slowly decompose and pollute the ground. If we destroy the land and the oceans with uncontrolled plastics production, we are leaving all the animals without a place to live. Recycle as much as you can, and you are doing an incredible favor to the world.
3. Fund Wildlife Orphans
You can try to adopt an animal from wildlife, but not to keep it as a pet, rather fund its existence. This way you are making sure that those animals that have been displaced from their natural habitats do get the appropriate care and help that they need.
2. Ethical Consumerism
Please inform yourself about the products that you are buying, because an incredible amount of them is harming the animals. Not only them but their habitats as well. Palm oil is one of the most widely used products in the world, yet the trees that are cut are a natural habitat of orangutans. Read the disclaimers on the products, as they legally need to contain information if they were tested on animals, and what materials or ingredients are inside something you bought.
1. Educate Yourself
The critical thing to do is to educate yourself on problems in the environment. There is no need to look away from the issues that are happening at this very moment. Knowing what to do, or even better, what you are possibly doing wrong is vital to save the environment and the habitat of animals along with it.