Andres Manuel Olivares Miranda | Small Changes that Have a Big Impact on Wildlife Conservation
Small Changes That Have a Big
Impact on Wildlife Conservation
A N D R E S M A N U E L O L I V A R E S M I R A N D A
How to Help
If you’re concerned about the
endangerment and extinction of animals,
there are some minor changes you can
make in your daily routine to help.
Remember that not one person can stop
animal endangerment, but everyone can
do something to help.
Clean up litter
Pick up after yourself, but pick up after others as well. When you see garbage on the ground when you’re out and
about, make it a point to pick it up and throw it away. Not only does this keep animals from getting trapped or injured
by trash, and keeps their home clean, others may see you and feel inspired to pick up garbage as well.
Animal agriculture is responsible for
around 14 percent of the world’s
greenhouse gases, which directly
contributes to global warming, which
plays a direct part in the endangerment
of countless species. Consider reducing
your meat and other animal byproduct
consumption to help keep the air clean.
While giving up meat entirely can be
hard, cutting it out of your diet one
day a week is a reasonable compromise.
Plant a garden
Planting a garden helps wildlife
conservation in multiple ways. 1.
Plants take in carbon dioxide and
produce oxygen, meaning they
help keep the air clean for
animals to breathe. 2. Growing
your own fruits and vegetables
means less pollution will be
created from trucks carrying
produce to grocery stores, and 3.
A garden gives bees, butterflies,
birds and other local wildlife a
place to nourish themselves and
Reduce your carbon footprint
Pollution is one of the most severe threats to wildlife and something you can help reduce. Carbon dioxide emissions
cause the ocean to become more acidic, harming marine life, and air and water pollution have a significant impact on
the well-being of land animals. Some ways to reduce your footprint are to keep your house a little warmer in the
summer and cooler in the winter; instead, rely on blankets or light clothing to maintain your body temperature. Only
use your car when necessary; if you’re only going to the convenience store two blocks away, take a walk and enjoy
the fresh air (that you’re directly contributing to).
Use your voice
to inspire others
If wildlife conservation is something
you’re passionate about, make sure
other people know it too. Do your best
to educate your friends and family
about the lifestyle changes they can
make that will help keep animals from
going extinct. Talk about your favorite
charities that are doing their part for
wildlife conservation, and consider
asking those close to you for donations
for that charity instead of a birthday
or holiday gift this year.