Definition of Endangered: Animals and plants are listed as endangered when at risk of extinction. Animals and plants are listed as threatened when likely to become endangered.
The Endangered Species Act is one of the world’s strongest legal protections for biodiversity, that safeguards our most vulnerable animals and plants, placing them on the path to recovery.
With the Global Pandemic leading to worldwide lockdown measures, there have been some positives such as the reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the unfortunate impact has been a halt to various conservation efforts on the ground because environmental protection workers at national parks and land and marine conservation zones are required to stay at home in lockdown, leaving these areas unmonitored. Their absence has resulted in a rise of illegal deforestation, fishing, hunting and poaching.
Funding for charities and projects has also significantly reduced due to the temporary stop in wildlife led tourism like safaris.
Here are 10 ways that you can help to save our Endangered Species.
Share information with your family and friends about various initiatives regarding endangered species conservation and help raise awareness about their campaigns and projects. In addition, educate them on the rights and wrongs of animal welfare, for example if they are thinking about participating in animal tourism or already have.
Read more here:
Don’t be fooled by a smile – the plight of dolphins held in captivity https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2019/10/30/dont-be-fooled-by-a-smile-the-plight-of-dolphins-held-in-captivity-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/
Why you shouldn’t take a Tiger selfie https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2019/10/22/the-phenomenon-of-photo-prop-animals-why-you-shouldnt-take-a-tiger-selfie/
Why you shouldn’t ride Elephants https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2019/10/04/refuse-the-cruel-elephant-ride-how-to-ethically-visit-the-amber-fort-in-jaipur/
2. Reduce your carbon footprint
You can reduce your carbon footprint in several ways such as by using less plastic, walking and biking more, and eating less meat. You can also advocate for climate change education and carbon reduction policies.
3. Protect ecosystems and habitat
You can support various laws covering aspects such as creating open space, wildlife crossings and corridors, as well as other protections.
4. Report harassment and cruelty toward animals
You can report venues and activities that you’ve come across where animals are being harassed or treated cruelly by using this link by The Born Free Foundation:
5. Make changes in your own Garden
Choose to garden without using pesticides and herbicides as toxic chemicals can accumulate, migrate up the food chain and result in the harming and killing of a range of species.
You can also plant native plant species as well as create a habitat for pollinators and other species. If you have the space I’d recommend getting a Bee Hotel as well as choosing plants that attract Bees. Put bird feeders and other wildlife attractants, such as bird houses and baths in your garden too!
6. Purchasing habits
Don’t buy products that are made from threatened/endangered animals or live animals and plants such as ivory, coral and tortoise shell. Help end the illegal species trade.
7. Travel compassionately
Don’t participate in activities that exploit threatened/endangered species, such as animal selfies, animal rides, or trophy hunting.
8. Choose alternatives
Unfortunately due to the worldwide stay at home orders, the volumes of of un-recyclable waste has risen and due to many councils reducing their their recycling activities over fears of virus propagation in recycling centres and operating with limited capacity, there are acute challenges for the waste management industry.
Food retailers have also resumed using plastic bags and many consumers have increased their consumption of take-away food delivered with single-use packaging.
Choose alternatives to single use plastic such as reusable bags, utensils, straws, and packaging. Be an advocate for increased recycling and measures like plastic bag bans worldwide! Spread that message and remind everyone of the impacts of plastic and other non-recyclable waste.
9. Use your voice and platforms
Share information, sign petitions and spread the messages widely! Speak out for those that don’t have a voice and support as many charitable organisations to spread their messages as you can. Every little helps! On platforms such as Instagram you can now add a Donate sticker to your stories associated with a charity of your choice.
10. Donate or fundraise for a charity
Use your skills or hobbies to raise money for a charity, buy items from their shops for gifts or donate directly to a charity of your choice.
Charities I support:
FOUR PAWS: https://www.four-paws.org.uk/
The Born Free Foundation: https://www.bornfree.org.uk/
World Animal Protection: https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/