7 Ways That You Can Protect Biodiversity This Week

Ariel Canie | July 12, 2022 | 5 min read

The Importance of Biodiversity Cannot Be Overstated. Here are 7 ways You Can Protect It!

You may have heard us speak on the importance of conserving biodiversity in the natural world, and perhaps you asked yourself, “what exactly is biodiversity, anyways?”. Biodiversity or biological diversity is a term that's used to describe the variation of life at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels. The interconnectedness of ecosystems and their living organisms means that millions of species of plants, animals, and fungi all depend on each other for survival. The more biodiversity there is, the more resilient the environment is. When ecosystems are out of balance, disasters can follow for life on Earth. 

If you guessed that humans are behind most of the planet's biodiversity loss, you are correct! Top threats to biodiversity include natural habitat destruction, land and water use change (from deforestation and other activities), species overexploitation, climate change, pollution and the spread of invasive species. Biodiversity loss can affect humans by causing a decline in natural resources, economic and food insecurity, and the spread of invasive species and diseases. 

Want to do your part to protect biodiversity but don’t know where to start? We’ve put together a quick list of simple things that you can do this week to protect biodiversity. 

Here Are 7 Ways you can Protect biodiversity this week:

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Monday: Plant a tree

Whether you’re planting a tree at a community event or donating towards our biodiversity projects, planting a tree helps clean the air and water, improves soil stability, protects endangered species, and restores holistic ecosystems with unique flora and fauna.

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Tuesday: Shop sustainably

Shopping sustainably is as easy as opting for a sustainable brand the next time you’re on the hunt for household goods like toilet paper or soap. Pro tip: Googling sustainable products in your area before you leave can help you recognize eco-friendly brands.

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Wednesday: Eat (or drink) more plants

Believe it or not, clearing forests for livestock is one of the main causes of global deforestation, which in turn causes biodiversity loss. Swapping out your whole milk for oat milk or opting for a veggie burger at dinner time is a simple way to help protect biodiversity. 

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Thursday: Stop the spread of invasive species

Do your part to protect the environment by reporting sightings of invasive species to the appropriate database, planting native species in your garden or yard and volunteering to help with the removal of invasive plants in your community.  

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Friday: Reduce overall pollution

Pollution seeps into the air, water and soil and releases toxins into the natural environment, posing a risk to the health of living organisms that depend on that environment to survive. Help decrease pollution by participating in beach or community clean-ups.

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Saturday: Advocate for green alternatives

Advocating for green alternatives can be as simple as emailing your favorite brand and asking about their sustainable initiatives. When enough people voice their concerns, brands will shift to greener alternatives to keep customers happy. And if you are a brand that's looking to green up their business, check out our sustainability for businesses program!

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Sunday: Research local biodiversity

Understanding how humans interact with local biodiversity is an important step to take in order to protect it. Do your research on the biodiversity in your area and the ways that you can help maintain it. Sometimes it’s as simple as requesting animal crossing signs for local wildlife or planting bee-friendly flowers in your garden! 

So there you have it. We hope we've inspired you to take one action for biodiversity every day this week. Ready to get started? Plant a tree for biodiversity today!

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Biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth in all forms and interactions, thrives in healthy habitats where nature can recover after ecological disturbance. Reforestation is essential for this process. Learn more

Planting trees for biodiversity will contribute to:

  • Protecting endangered species by increasing forest cover
  • Restoring holistic ecosystems for a range of flora & fauna
  • Improving soil stability by restoring degraded areas
  • We are facing a climate crisis and the rapid loss of Earth's remaining wild places. As we lose habitats, we also lose biodiversity. This is where trees come in! Reforestation helps to restore at-risk ecosystems and habitats, ultimately increasing food supply, health, and overall well-being. Your donation will help to restore forest cover in Uganda, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest. Reforesting these areas will aid in the protection of endangered species, restoration of holistic ecosystems, and improvement of soil stability.
  • With the presence of a regenerating forest, we will create a safe haven for biodiversity. This brings a wide array of habitats, leading to a significant increase in species numbers. The restoration of degraded areas will also result in better soil stability, ultimately improving forest cover as a whole!
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates on our biodiversity projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • In order to maximize biodiversity across our multiple projects, we will plant an array of tree species such as Terminalia arjuna, Cassis fistula, Careya arborea, Ficus racemosa, Palo de tinto (Haematoxylum campechianum), Guacimo (Guazuma ulmifolia), Palo de rosa (Tabebuia rosea), Juniperus procera, Croton megalocarpus, Prunus africana.

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