Saving endangered species is an important part of our responsibility toward the planet. It helps protect us as well. Biodiversity is crucial to making sure all of nature’s systems work as they should. Animals benefit from that, and so do we. Here are some ways you can help to keep endangered species alive, courtesy of Natura organically grown wine:
Learn the endangered species in your area. This is where you can have the biggest impact, by petitioning city councils and local governments to make changes first.
Visit nearby nature centers, wildlife refuges, and state and national parks. You can do this even during social distancing. It’s healthy to get out and OK to take a hike so long as you maintain a healthy distance from others. Support these areas, and make sure to clean up after yourself!
Take the little steps, like recycling and buying sustainable products. Bamboo is now harvested on sustainable farms, and it’s more durable than most wood products. Buy recycled wood and reclaimed wood products as well. Recycled wood is just as good as engineered wood, and reclaimed wood can make spectacularly trendy floors and furniture.
Gardening is an incredible way of coping with stress. Make sure that you plant native plants and not invasive varieties. Include native plants that attract bees and butterflies. These are two endangered animals that you can directly help today just by planting the right kinds of flowers.
Stop using herbicides and pesticides. These build up in soils, leech into water systems, and can poison an entire food chain.
Avoid purchasing any products made from threatened species. Saving endangered species isn’t consistent with buying products that kill them. Ivory, tortoise-shell, crocodile-skin, and shark-skin are all realistically harvested from dead animals.
Call your government officials to support the protection of endangered species. City council people and mayors can make local ordinances that save local habitats. They can put more funding into local parks. Legislators in your state assembly and your governor do the same at a state level. Congress does the same at a national level. Get others to call or show up to meetings or elected officials’ offices with you. One call, one time may not make a difference. A few calls a week from a dozen people starts to build a movement.
Vote. The only way to make sure things are changing is to get everyone you know to show up and vote. Sometimes you’ll have the perfect politician. Sometimes you won’t. Just make sure that someone who moves things in the right direction at least some of the way gets into every level of public office – especially since many positions can place or approve the judges who rule on many environmental laws.
This is all a start. Natura organically grown wine is one way you can still enjoy the things you love that are grown and harvested in a sustainable way, with no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. You don’t have to do all the steps here, but tackle a few. And if you call a few politicians (which really does make a difference!), you’ll definitely want a glass of wine afterward.