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Be a Green Guardian: 8 Everyday Actions to Practice Conservation

From preserving the natural beauty around us to protecting the natural world we rely on for life, conservation is an essential part of our relationship with the environment. Still, not everyone can go out and do the in-the-field work of protecting nature. The good news is that there are absolutely things that you can do in your everyday life to contribute to conservation.

Keep reading to learn about eight great ways you can practice conservation at home.

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It’s a classic for a reason: ‘reduce, reuse recycle’ is a great motto to live by! By cutting down on what you throw away, you can do your part to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, helping combat the negative effects of this form of trash disposal. You can also help to reduce the amount of trash needing to be disposed of in other, more cost-effective ways. Using less also means fewer new products need to be created, reducing energy consumption.

2. Bike More, Drive Less

One of the biggest producers of pollution and greenhouse gasses on the planet is the cars we drive. One big way to reduce your impact on the environment is by cutting down on drive time. When possible, bike or walk to your destination. If the distance is too far, consider your options for carpooling. Anything you can do to bring down the number of cars on the road is a good thing.

3. Cut the Beef (and Other Meats)

Another huge producer of greenhouse gasses is livestock and the meat industry. Cows and other livestock produce a considerable amount of pollution, and transporting meat products to and from the store contributes more on top of that. By restricting your meat intake or switching to a plant-based diet, you can bring down your impact on the environment.

4. Watch That Water

If you leave the water running, it might just run out! While water scarcity might not be a pressing issue everywhere, it is certainly a growing problem in today’s world, and water pollution is contributing to the issue. Do your part to conserve water by cutting down on your usage and by avoiding polluting waterways with trash and chemicals.

5. The More Trees the Merrier

Trees sort of work like the natural air filter of our planet. Planting trees can help reduce the effects of greenhouse gasses and keep our air clean and fresh. As if that weren’t reason enough to go out and start planting trees, these awesome plants are also a powerful tool against land erosion and landslides. Trees can also provide essential shade that helps prevent water from evaporating out of their ecosystem.

6. Keep up with Chemicals

Another major contributor to pollution on our planet is the use of harmful chemicals in our industries and homes. While industrial chemical use is by far the bigger problem, you can also do your part by reducing your use of toxic chemicals at home. When possible, choose non-toxic alternatives. This can help prevent harmful chemicals from entering our waterways.

7. Education Sensation

One big way to support conservation efforts in your community is to stay educated on the topic. Keep up to date with things like what conservation projects are underway in your area and what invasive species are affecting your region. Do what you can to support conservation efforts through volunteer work, and help prevent the spread of invasive species.

8. Do More with Las Huellas!

Last but certainly not least, you can support conservation efforts in your area with your wallet! You don’t have to change your lifestyle in order to benefit wildlife conservation in South Texas; you can do more with a donation or Las Huellas partnership!

Here at Las Huellas, we are proud to provide essential funding and support to conservationists preserving wildlife in South Texas. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@lashuellas.org to learn more about how your donation will be spent. We would also be happy to discuss the advantages of a Las Huellas partnership

If you want to support South Texas wildlife conservation, donate or become a Las Huellas partner today!

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