Many people from all walks of life have a sincere desire to help preserve our natural environment, but they simply do not know how to channel this spirit of activism into genuine progress. Although raising awareness about the crucial need to protect wildlife has become increasingly prevalent, you might find yourself asking “what is conservation?” The concept of conserving natural resources and preserving natural habitat for wild animals has emerged as a viable solution to the threats posed by human overpopulation, pollution and deforestation.
As a concerned member of the community, you can contribute to local conservation efforts in a variety of ways. Volunteering your time and services to conservation groups in your town or city is an excellent way to help protect threatened or endangered species. By organizing a conservation drive, you can encourage like-minded people to make small donations intended to purchase and preserve a plot of land. Movements like this have been responsible for the reclamation and revitalization of patches of Amazonia Rainforest in Brazil, the Serengeti in Africa and whale breeding grounds in the Atlantic Ocean.
By checking with your local Forest Service, you can volunteer to assist with combating the advent of invasive species, which is poses an extreme danger to indigenous wildlife. The presence of foreign plants and animals severely disrupts the natural balance and rhythm of complex ecosystems and invasive species contribute to sudden extinctions across the globe. By joining with the Forest Service, you can spend one weekend a month hiking through your area’s woodlands or meadows, searching for plant and animal species which do not belong there. Programs to restrict the advance of invasive species exist in states across the country and all welcome the assistance of concerned and conscientious citizens.
Making targeted adjustments to your daily routine can also help protect wildlife in an indirect fashion. For example, by refusing to use toxic chemicals in your daily house cleaning and instead opting for organic, biodegradable and non-toxic products, you will help reduce the contamination of natural environments by pollution. Limiting your grocery selection to products and companies which have a strong environmental track record is also advisable. Factory farming and the destruction of habitat to facilitate agricultural expansion are perhaps the greatest threats to wildlife populations. By taking a stand with your own diet and refusing to consume food products which come from factory farms, you can send a message to the agricultural industry that wildlife protection trumps convenient food production.
After centuries of inattention to the environment and the wildlife with which we share Mother Earth, there is now an ongoing struggle to reverse the damage humanity has caused. We have lost countless species of uniquely special plants and animals to the inescapable grip of extinction, and yet, there is still a chance to secure the salvation of the world around us. By doing your part in a multitude of small ways, you can help turn the tide and aid in the preservation of our planet’s most precious resources.