What can we do to reverse the trend?

What can we do to reverse the trend

The variety and scope of life on Earth is a product of billions of years of coevolution, and the decisions we make affect this web of life.  As intelligent human beings, it is our responsibility to care for it the best we can.  Only through understanding the relationships between species and their environments can we ensure that our decisions will preserve Earth’s biodiversity for our children and grandchildren.  Having knowledge about how the world works enables us to use our intelligence to actively conserve biodiversity and maintain the integrity of the earth in all its richness, as well as to ensure our own survival.

Clearly, we can help conserve biodiversity by avoiding and/or discouraging some of the destructive practices described above.  Below are some ways that you can help conserve biodiversity that might not seem so obvious:

●Inform yourself!  The first step is learning about what biodiversity is, and why it’s important.  When you know and understand this, you can encourage other people to learn about the importance of biodiversity as well.  The more you learn about different life forms and life systems and cultural practices, the better understanding you will have of how the world works.

●Know where your food comes from!  Some farming practices, like monocropping and pesticide use, are very harmful.  But did you know that traditional farming practices can actually help conserve biodiversity?  As you have seen in many home gardens and milpas—maybe even your own—there are many different kinds of plants, some of which are cultivated and some that occur naturally.  A high diversity of plants eliminates the need to use dangerous and environmentally degrading pesticides, because the agroecosystem is stronger and more resilient to pest outbreaks.  Agroecosystems most similar to natural ecosystems (like milpas and home gardens) are the best, because they maintain abundant tree cover which provides habitats for local plant, animal, and insect species.  Farmers who save their seeds instead of buying seeds from agrochemical companies every year help to conserve genetic biodiversity of crops.  They also conserve water and soil by preventing erosion.  Small-scale farmers who sell their food locally instead of shipping it far away reduce pollution from long-distance transport of foods.

Knowing where and how your food was grown, and buying locally-grown and organic food whenever possible, is an important way to help curb biodiversity loss.

●Include native and/or endangered plants in your own garden!  Become an active conserver of biodiversity by integrating as much of it as possible in your own garden—or if you don’t have a garden, even planting in pots or recycled containers will do.  The plants you care for will have a chance of reproducing rather than disappearing forever.  They will also support bird, bat, insect, animal, and soil microorganism life that are dependent on that particular species of plant.  Moreover, you will have the pleasure of enjoying the harvest.

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