Sunday, January 19, 2014

How Can YOU Help Preserve Our Planet's Biodiversity?

The inherent decline of Biodiversity serves as a major global threat to the future of our planet and its ecosystems. Luckily, we as humans are still in a position to ease the pressure on this decline by making a few small choices in our everyday lives. For example, every year nearly 13 million hectares of natural forest are lost. By opting to purchase your wood from sustainable and legal sources, and informing yourself on the source of your wood furniture or flooring, you can help outlaw illegal logging operations. Many sustainable wood products now even feature a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label, shown to the left, to help you identify which wood is “good” wood. Another way to help lessen the decline of Biodiversity is to pick up a seafood guide and begin to make sustainable choices in your fish purchases. Avoiding endangered species or fish from areas that are overfished can help maintain our oceans, which harvest nearly 80% of the world’s biodiversity.

Image credit of Hickman Lumber Co.

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