Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is 2013 and that I’ve been blogging for one year now! Whether you believe in New Year’s resolutions are not, most people like to improve themselves in some way and a new year is a great time to do it. This idea made me realize that it is a perfect time to finally post about ways to be more sustainable, or, as it is more commonly known, going green! But, I thought I’d do it Conservation of Biodiversity style and review some of the ideas in my blog posts over the year.
If you read this blog, you probably already lead a fairly “green” lifestyle, and while eating low on the food chain and wasting less energy are indeed extremely important avenues to sustainability and conservation, there are other actions that will directly improve the conservation status of biodiversity-many of which I’ve blogged about over the last year:
1. Pay attention to signs in parks, reserves, and natural areas. I know how hard it is to obey those ‘no dogs allowed’ signs, but they are there for a reason. For the Ohlone tiger beetles, for example, we are about to put up signs that ask bikers to slow down in the habitat to prevent beetle death and exhaustion.
2. Make your roof, walls, or yard into a little habitat. Put plants on your roof if possible OR, create insect habitats with wood and vegetation. If neither of those are possible, you can just plant some host plants for native insects!
4. Think positively about the environment. There is so much to be worried and upset about when it comes to the state of the environment, but people are more motivated to do something about the situation when they feel optimistic. So this year resolve to both learn more about and enjoy more time in nature to remind yourself why it is so awesome and inspiring.
5. Support science– either with your money or by clicking with your mouse. Conservation Scientists and Conservation organizations are doing fabulous work so make sure to learn how you can support those actions! Start by checking out my blog roll.
6. Remember that sometimes important work comes in an ugly package. We don’t always like seeing flies hanging around, but they do some really important services for us humans and could be an answer to some of our problems.
7. Buy less stuff. This is a no brainer for going green, but all “stuff” comes from natural resources which means habitat destruction which is the number one cause of the decline of biodiversity.
9. Put up a nest box for birds. Millions of people put out bird feeders to attract birds to their yards, why not make those birds a home too? This will be especially helpful if you have a garden!
10. Get involved. While the former 9 ideas are based on bottom-up (yet very important and effective) solutions to conservation, a lot of the bigger issues also need to be dealt with in a top-down manner- but that still includes you! We vote for our representatives and put measures on the ballot; you can also attend local public hearings on construction projects and parks to help promote conservation issues in your neighborhood.
Most importantly- have a great new year! Can you think of more?