Help Endangered and Threatened Wildlife by Taking Action, Going Green

Go Green

Adjusting your lifestyle to be a bit greener can make a difference for endangered species and their habitats. According to the NWF, “global warming is making the protection of endangered species increasingly challenging.” The changing environment affects plants and animals directly and “can worsen the impact on endangered species of traditional threats, such as invasive species, wildfires and diseases.”

Recycle. Something as simple as recycling a ton of paper can save “7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity,” according to the WWF. The WWF also suggests replacing regular light bulbs with compact fluorescents and being conscious of what you buy.

Shop green. According to Bonello certain types of toilet paper can cause destruction of the rainforest, a vital tiger habitat. She suggests looking for sustainably sourced paper products when buying toilet paper, paper towels, and other tissue products. “Choices we make at the store, what toilet paper we buy, how much we use, affects tigers, rhinos and elephants and where those animals live,” Bonello says. Pet owners can even help their pets go green by reducing their carbon paw print and choosing eco-friendly pet products. You can learn more about how to go green on the WWF website.

Plant a tree. While you’re working on going green, why not get your hands a little dirty and plant a tree? It may sound like a simple act but it can make a big difference. The WWF says “an average tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.” The NWF has a specific program dedicated to this cause called Trees for Wildlife. Eliza Russell, NWF director of education, says the program helps educate the public on how trees “help wildlife have food, shelter and homes for future years,” and how they play a key role by “providing clean air, reducing carbon, cleaning water and improving water quality.” The program is hosting a number of tree planting events around the country this year that you can get involved in.

To learn more about how you can help wildlife, visit the World Wildlife Fund and National Wildlife Federation websites.

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