If you want to do more for the environment, there are plenty of things that you could consider. You could get into the habit of recycling more and making a conscious effort to use less plastic. You might even help fund vital research into bee conservation by purchasing a bee necklace from Project Honey Bees.
But is there more that you can do within your local community? Can you help to protect local biodiversity to make the area where you live better for you and your children? The answer is yes, you most certainly can. The following are a few of the ways in which you can do your part.
Helping Preserve Our World
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there is plenty that you can do to ‘green your own world’. For starters, they suggest that you plant more trees, shrubs, and native grasses that will help to support pollinators like bees, and migratory birds. The more trees and shrubs that we plant, the more carbon emissions will be offset, and the more food and habitat will be available for local wildlife.
You could also consider creating a pollinator-friendly garden in your backyard or somewhere in your local community. A pollinator garden will be filled with plants and shrubs that pollinators love to visit. If you don’t have a lot of space in your own yard for such a garden, you could still consider some hanging baskets or window boxes to plant herbs or fragrant flowers such as lavender. If you prefer, get together with some of the other members of your community and find a place where you can create a community garden filled with pollinator-friendly plants. You could even fill it with fruits, vegetables, and herbs that can be used by everyone. This will mean fresh, pesticide-free produce for those within the community.
Something else that you can do within the local community is get together with other residents to do a big cleanup. You can put the feelers out on social media to ask if other people are interested in getting involved and then pick a date between you. It might just be a few of your closest neighbors or some friends who want to get involved, or it could become much bigger with volunteers from your entire town. Picking up trash can give the area a clean and will help to protect groundwater from pollution as well as eliminate hazards for local wildlife.
Conservation Starts at Home
To become more energy efficient within the home, you may want to consider the installation of solar panels, which generate power by harnessing the sun’s energy. Check for tax rebates or credits that might be available in your state. Your current energy provider should be able to provide this information.
You can also make other small changes to your life that can have a big impact on the planet. For example, changing your buying habits might not seem like much but when more people become conscious about the things that they buy, it can affect positive change.
Try to buy products that are less harmful to the environment, and reuse where possible. Think about donating items that you no longer need, and if you can buy items in bulk then do so as this means fewer trips to the store and hence reducing your carbon emissions.
There is a lot you can do to get involved with conservation efforts in your local community. Getting together with neighbors to create pollinator-friendly gardens and cleaning up the local area can help to protect wildlife. You can also do your bit at home by becoming more energy efficient and changing your buying habits.