ECOLOGY, simply explained, is the science of how everything on Earth – people, plants, animals, fungi, microbes, rocks, soil, water and air – is connected. All over the world, there are people who protect animals, or plants, or air, or water…so that these connections don’t brake.
Be one of such people, by following a day to day common-sense ECO code, to live in harmony with the nature and preserve the planet for generations to come and for the other species! The below guidelines may not seem much in terms of global impact coming from each separate individual, but you should think in terms of billion multiplier, meaning if all people will behave in same way, than what the impact may be on the planet!
As per WWF ( World Wildlife Fund), the Ecological Footprint is an indicator of human pressure on nature. Humanity is currently using the renewable resources of 1.5 Earths to meet our yearly demands for energy, food, shelter, and the things we do and buy.People living in richer, more developed countries generally have a higher Footprint than those living in less developed countries. Some WWF offices have developed specific footprint tools for individual countries.These local Footprint calculators are currently available for some countries here or below:
- Belgium Dutch | French
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
Don’t forget, change starts with each individual, don’t expect government will do that part for us!
- Consume less of everything (clothes you don’t really need, water, food – especially meat – ,electricity, 2nd car for the family…etc)
- Recycle (all possible: plastic, metal, glass, organic matter, batteries…etc)
- Reduce amount of plastic in use, by avoiding plastic bags every time you shop, or new plastic cups each time you have a coffee in office (most plastic ends in the ocean, where affects marine wildlife and ultimately impacts people through the food supply chain). Here is a list of 9 tips to help you live your life with less plastic, applying the RRR strategy: REFUSE, REUSE, REDUCE
- Visit Wildlife National Parks, especially in your area, respecting the park rules and the wildlife within. Apart from education and fun part that is guaranteed, the entrance fee or the money you spend on related services in the area, will provide the needed incentive for local people communities, the local authorities and governments to protect the area
- Make even small donations to non-profit organizations specialized in wildlife protection, planet protection and other related. Sign their petitions for a right cause!
- Never buy things made from wild animal parts (creams, ornaments objects, fur, clothes…), as you will create/support the demand and more wild animals will be sacrificed. This especially important in case of endangered species!
- Refer to WWF online guide for seafood, to know each fish stocks are over-exploited and avoid further consumption! A guide for several countries is found here
- Use technology (kindle for book reading, smart phone instead of tickets printing,…)
- Use public transport or push-bike everywhere possible, instead of personal vehicle
- Be a role model in your family, influence rest of family to follow the good practices. Try same with close friends every time you have the chance!
- Buy paper products from recycled paper where possible, or the ones bearing the WWF logo, it means the company is more careful handling the resources to create the product, and their efforts are validated by one of the biggest organizations that cares about wildlife
– the WWF logo
- Favor Eco-friendly companies and their product versus the others, forcing the latter to comply in time, once revenue/profit trend will signal the consumer preference
- Buy more locally made products, to minimize the pollution impact of long distance logistics/transportation
- Buy seasonal fruits/vegetables, locally grown, in favor of exotic distant region fruits/vegetables
- Buy as much as possible organic food, this is made with respect to environment in most cases, and almost always it is made without synthetic chemicals and fertilizers that impact the environment, especially insects, among them our main plant pollinators, the bees! Follow the organic label on each product, it is different from country to country, below are some example from Europe (European Union, United States, Canada, Germany)
NOTE: More and more stores are selling organic food, and some products have a competitive price. The smaller specialized stores are more expensive, but search organic products also in large super markets, for example Carrefour in many European countries is selling organic products. You will end up spending a bit more but your health will improve on longer term. And if you control quantity of food you eat, you will notice that you will spend same budget for food as a regular person which may buy lower prices non-organic food in higher volume, which the body stores under form of fat (including bad cholesterol)! These days you can find almost any Eco or organic product you want, from liquids for dish washing, to recycled paper-towels, tooth-paste or any type of food, including sweets!