You probably already have a list of resolutions this coming 2020, and perhaps it’s full of promises about making positive changes in your life. Hitting the gym, visiting your family more often, save up for a trip, and maybe even going skydiving are a few of your resolutions. But have you tried making a resolution about making changes for the wildlife?
This new year, learn about the bursting wonders of the wild not only by exploring it more often, but also by being mindful of it and by contributing to its preservation. Wildlife conservation is the act of protecting animal species to prevent habitat degradation and extinction
Here are some resolutions you may want to consider this coming new year!
Balance Your Carbon
Consider your carbon footprint every time you try to try going on an adventure. Aside from investing in sustainable gear to reduce the waste you consume, one aspect you have to remember is transportation.
Can you hike to an area instead of driving? Can you ride the bicycle instead? Measuring your carbon impact is the first step to becoming carbon balanced. Carbon Balance is a program that helps individuals offset their carbon emissions. Then, it is important to reduce these emissions to protect and restore carbon-rich wildlife habitats.
If you have a boat for fishing, make sure it is properly maintained to avoid burning excess fuel or oil.
Aside from the ability to reduce your carbon footprint, you are also more deeply getting connected with nature during the adventure. It will let you see how important and helpful these limited resources are and how much you need to be one in preserving the beautiful wildlife.
Start a Garden
If you already have one, then leave one area to grow wild plants if you still have space. This will encourage wildlife to forage and maybe even nest in your garden. You can also try to put up a bird box and build a bug hotel. Provide food for them and site the feeder so it will be visible from your window.
Make sure the feeders are cleaned regularly in order to stop the spread of diseases and look out for bird food that is grown in a nature-friendly way.
Practice Catch & Release Fishing
You need to understand why fishing (and hunting) regulations are put in certain places by state agencies. One way you can help preserve fisheries is through practicing catching and releasing. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in fishing, smart catch, and release techniques will help ensure the survival of any non-invasive fish you catch. When fish are released healthy and can continue to reproduce, this plays a major role in sustainable eco-systems.
If you decide not to practice catch and release because you want to keep fish that are within the regulations, be sure to eat them to avoid any waste.
Eliminate Single-Use Plastic
Instead of purchasing bottled water on your trip, or getting some geat in the market with too much plastic packaging, buy a reusable water bottle and bring reusable bags when shopping. It is actually not that hard to skip plasticware.
Over 1 million birds die every year from ingestion or entanglement in plastic and over 10, 000 marine mammals are killed by plastic pollution annually.
In trying to reverse the effects of single-use plastic, you can also try participating in coastal clean-up events near you. Join a local movement to remove trash from aquatic resources and marine ecosystems while helping to inspire a change in the behaviors that cause pollution.
Think about Your Food
Part of reducing your carbon footprint is reducing your carbon foodprint. The food industry accounts for around ¼ of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If you can go vegan, do it! These types of people have the lowest carbon foodprints.
But you can always reduce food waste by knowing which foods have the greatest carbon emissions. Sourcing local produce immediately cuts down on food miles, as well as buying only what you need to eat and what you know you will finish.
Introduce a meat-free day to your week to cut down on your emissions, and cut down red meats to occasional treats for a bigger impact. Remember, lamb and beef have higher carbon footprints than poultry and fish.
Also, before ordering your sushi or Chilean seabass, know where it came from. Becoming an informed seafood consumer can have a direct impact on reducing demand for overfished species.
Speak Up about Conservation
With everything you are learning about climate change and wildlife conservation, it is necessary to share this information with your friends and family. Try to encourage everyone you know to support efforts that will sustain healthy ecosystems through activities like tree-planting, recycling, segregating their trash, and even reducing plastics!
Tell them about the fish and wildlife conservation act of 1980, which declares that the improved conservation and management of fish and wildlife, particularly nongame fish and wildlife, will assist in restoring and maintaining fish and wildlife and in assuring a productive and more esthetically pleasing environment for all citizens
Engage More with Nature
One way to help preserve the wildlife better is by being more engaged with nature. Go camping, hiking, bushcrafting, or foraging! The more we interact with and learn nature, the more we gt more willing to protect it for future generations to enjoy the way you do right now when you’re going on an outdoor adventure.
If you’re a beginner, a simple bike, a visit to a nature reserve, volunteer at a park, an exercise in the fresh air, or even a walk in a green space will get you started for more challenging and enjoyable adventures!
These small acts in the new year will guarantee that you will end it being more eco-friendly, adventurous, resourceful, and alive! Most importantly, with climate change and habitat loss becoming increasingly urgent, you will be more determined to make the new year a year for environmental resolutions!
We hope you join in achieving this list of new year’s resolutions to get you more involved with the natural world and to reduce your carbon emissions!