is and why it is important for you, your family and the things that
your actions have on biodiversity.
can do to help conserve biodiversity.
learn more about biodiversity:
about the effects of your actions:
- Book - The Consumers Guide
to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union
of Concerned Scientists, by Michael Brower and Leon Warren, 1999. Three
- Website - Living
Make choices to help biodiversity:
Choices in our activities and
the food we eat, the water and energy we use, and the products we buy
can really help conserve biodiversity. Our choices can help species directly,
for example when we volunteer for a conservation group or choose not to
eat or buy products from vulnerable species. They can also help conserve
biodiversity in general, such as when we buy food produced in a sustainable
manner to protect important pollinating insects and soil organisms, and
reduce our fossil fuel consumption to cut pollutants like carbon dioxide
and sulfur dioxide.
- Join natural history societies,
museums, botanic gardens and conservation organizations.
- Plant for wildlife and pollinators
in your garden - choose native species and avoid herbicides and pesticides.
- Reuse and recycle - to use
fewer resources and create less waste.
- Ride bikes, walk, and use
mass transit to use fewer fossil fuels and pollute less (see www.transact.org).
- Buy Smart/Shop Green:
- Use and buy less to
reduce your consumption.
- Buy US products (where
species protection laws are stronger than some other countries).
- Avoid buying species
under threat, such as some rainforest woods (for example, teak,
mahogany, balsa) and overexploited fish (see www.seafoodchoices.com/seasense).
- Buy more sustainably
produced food and products (for example, organic, local, in season,
recycled, less-packaged, unbleached, undyed).
how your elected officials vote on biodiversity issues, see the
League of Conservation Voters.
and Conservation Societies
Botanic Gardens and Zoos
Find your local:
For Kids and Educators
Biodiversity and Activities for Kids