There are many simple ways in which you can help to sustain biodiversity.Here are some tips for making a difference each day.
Freshwater is a precious, finite resource. Conserving water not only helps to preserve this irreplaceable natural resource, but also helps reduce the strain on urban wastewater management systems, saving money and energy. There are many, easy ways to conserve our water resources into the future.
Bottled water may be a healthy and increasingly common alternative to soft drinks, but the plastic bottle has a hidden dark side: energy consumption, waste disposal, and other environmental concerns. As bottled water grows in popularity, these problems also proliferate. Easy solution: if you want to carry water with you, why not get a reusable bottle and refill it at the tap?
Studies show that for most uses antibacterial soaps aren't any better than ordinary soap at preventing common illnesses. There is also growing concern among scientists that the chemicals commonly used in antibacterial soaps — triclosan and triclocarban — pose serious health and environmental concerns, especially because they persist in the environment and can contaminate our lakes, rivers, and water sources.
Visit farmers' markets and stock up on food in-season or join a community-supported agriculture group. Supporting local agriculture helps conserve farmland, bolsters the economy, provides fresh food to people, and reduces the pollution and energy use related to transporting food over great distances.
Increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, irrigation, and fossil fuels have caused pollution of our waterways and degradation of habit. Studies have shown that agricultural chemicals can be replaced by alternatives that are friendlier to biodiversity. Choosing organically grown food supports the demand for such food and will help lessen the impacts of synthetic chemicals on the environment.
All seafood is not the same! Many fish and shellfish species have been severely overharvested, and some fish farming practices are polluting, or, paradoxically, unsustainable through feeding the farmed fish meal made from wild fish. To make informed choices, consult one of these sustainable seafood guides: Blue Ocean Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Environmental Defense.