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How to stop species extinction? The best tips to fight for biodiversity

Stop Species Extinction – 10 Things You Can Do To Protect Biodiversity

Wondering what you can do about species extinction? Then you have a really great attitude and you've come to the right place! In fact, one in eight animal and plant species is acutely threatened with extinction. Around 500,000 species have already lost the habitat that would be necessary for their long-term survival to us humans.₁

Among other things, because rainforest has to make way for the cultivation of animal feed or palm oil every minute - or because we are fundamentally exacerbating global warming through our everyday behavior. But each of us can do something to preserve biodiversity on this planet.

In this article, I would therefore like to give you some valuable tips on how you can increase your personal share of the Environmental problem species extinction effectively. Let's go!

Here is a brief overview of the suggestions and ideas in advance:

  1. Stop meat consumption
  2. Do without palm oil
  3. Live more climate friendly
  4. Garden sustainable design
  5. Vegan lifestyle
  6. Organic shopping
  7. Rethink your own consumption
  8. Start and sign petitions
  9. Supporting animal and nature conservation organizations
  10. Getting active for biodiversity

10 tips: What to do about species extinction?

We are shakenwhen we realize that the last female Sumatran rhino died in Malaysia and the species is therefore extinct there. And we find it hard to watch as a starving polar bear tries with its last ounce of strength to find something to eat.

But at the same time, we also do things (usually unintentionally) that provoke precisely the evil in question. But as soon as we know what we have done wrong, we can behave better. So here are the promised tips that you can use to stop species extinction on a daily basis.

1. Reduce or stop meat consumption

Eat a plant-based diet and avoid meat

The enormous Land consumption for animal feed cultivation and grazing land, the Factory farmingwhich is responsible for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gases caused by humans worldwide₂, the fishing industry, which has ensured that around 90 percent of all fish stocks are fished to the maximum or already overfished₃, are extremely important contributors to species extinction. The consumption of animal products such as meat, eggs and cow's milk, is a major driver the Deforestation of the forests, the Overfishing the oceans and of the Climate change - and thus also the global decline in the number of animal and plant species.

So, if you want to stop species extinction, your first step should be to increase your Reduce meat consumption and in the best case the Stop consuming animal-based foods altogether.

Here are some further articlesthat can help you with this:

2. avoid palm oil

The global Consumption of palm oil is rising steadily and almost tripled between 2002 and 2022.₄ In addition to livestock farming, it is another key reason for deforestation and the reduced habitat of a large number of animal and plant species.

Natural rainforests have to make way for monotonous, lifeless palm oil plantations - for a cheap oil that can be found in almost every supermarket product these days. (more under How palm oil is destroying the rainforest)

Therefore, try to avoid buying foods containing palm oil. Whether Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ethyl palmitate, Palmolein or Palmitic acid - Palm oil has many names and is sometimes difficult to find in the list of ingredients of supermarket products. So simply use the App CodeCheckwith which you can scan the barcode and identify and avoid palm oil products at a glance.

3. Live more climate friendly

The global climate has a decisive influence on the diversity of animal and plant species on earth. We humans are the reason why the Climate changes so drastically and quicklythat most species cannot even begin to adapt to the changed conditions.

Scientists predict, for example, that with a global temperature increase of 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels about 99 percent of all Corals disappeared in the sea ₅ These in turn provide a habitat for a variety of marine animals, which in turn lie below larger marine mammals in the food chain.

In order to climate change it is important that you always live more climate friendly. By giving up animal foods, but also, for example, with the help of the following, Further tips and articles from the blog:

4. Garden sustainable design

You know those gray, lifeless and noiseless gravel gardens that many garden owners create because they are so easy to maintain? Creepy, don't you think? The fact that more and more people are opting for these pure rock gardens is also a key reason for the global extinction of species. Because they are causing the disappearance of Food base for many bird species - and also the Shelter options are extremely rare as a result.

If you want to do something against species extinction, you should rather turn your garden (or even balcony) into a real Mecca of biodiversity make and the Birdsong from the hammock.

Simply use the tips from these further contributions:

5. Go vegan

What to do for biodiversity?

It is one thing to stop consuming animal-based foods. But if you want to stop the extinction of species completely, you should think even further outside the box and go completely vegan. Because there is one essential Difference between a plant-based diet and veganismplant-based diet is a way of eating, while veganism is a way of life. Vegans want the Stop animal exploitation altogether.

For example, they also do not wear jackets with fur collars, do without Zoo visits and also on the Circus with animals. And Vegan:inside also do not eat honey. This attitude to life helps to counteract the extinction of species even more effectively. Lions, elephants and other wild animals can remain in their natural habitats and reproduce. And disease-prone, farmed honey bees transmit fewer diseases to wild bee populations, so the vegan lifestyle ultimately also benefits the Stop insect mortality can.

So try, live vegan. If you are still lacking the motivation to do so, then take a look at the article with my personal reasons for veganism an.

Tip: The Dominion film is all about the topic of factory farming. It was a real eye-opener for me personally and provided me with lasting motivation to adopt a vegan lifestyle.

6. Organic shopping

Modern agriculture relies on large-scale Pesticides to control weeds and pests and to achieve higher yields in the short term. In the long term, however, this measure damages yields, as "beneficial insects" such as wild bees also disappear and soil fertility decreases.

If you want something for a higher Biodiversity would like to do, you should preferably Plant-based foods from organic farming set. I go to the weekly market on Saturdays, for example, as local farmers also sell their produce there. But of course you can also find them in organic markets or traditional supermarkets.

7. Rethink your consumption

Do you want to stop species extinction? As long as our daily consumer behavior itself is part of the problem, we should of course start with ourselves first. For example, we produce a lot of Plastic waste that ends up in the environment and costs the lives of millions of marine animals every year. Whether it's dishes or cups made of plastic or another consumer good - we should ask ourselves with every purchase: do I really need this?

Of course, this not only applies to disposable products, but also, for example, to souvenirs from vacation or items of clothing. Does it have to be Vacation souvenir from ivory or the Fur coat and Leather be? There are always animal- and species-friendly alternatives, so the honest answer is usually a clear "no".

Just use the following, further contributionsto find out more about these examples and the opportunities for more sustainable, animal-friendly consumer behavior:

8. Start and sign petitions

You have now learned lots of tips that you can implement at home. To promote biodiversity, you can now get other people involved. The Supporting or starting online petitions. In the process you collect digital signatures against a specific grievance or for a specific project that affects species conservation.

For example, you can apply for the End of the whale pod on the Faroe Islands or against the agricultural use of the pesticide glyphosate to support the "Biodiversity referendum".

Tip: I have given you here a List of sustainable petitions by signing up you can make a real difference against species extinction and many other challenges and grievances of our time.

9. support animal and nature conservation organizations

So you alone can help every day to ensure that animal and plant species are no longer threatened. But there are also countless organizations that fight for the protection of biodiversity on a large scale every day and can always use support. You can help both both financially and actively.

Here are some organizations that you in the fight against species extinction can:

Tip: I have also sent you a detailed Comparison of the best animal welfare organizations created. Feel free to take a look.

10. get active and stand up for biodiversity

Activism to stop species extinction
A poster against the keeping of animals in zoos / Credits: PETA Germany e.V.

Your private everyday life is already focused on the protection of biodiversity? Then you can now go one step further and get involved. as activist:in or in a political party engage to help even more people achieve a more species-friendly everyday life.

Countless organizations regularly plan Awareness campaigns in the pedestrian zonesthat you can support. For example Anonymous For The Voiceless to promote the vegan lifestyle in our society. Or the NABU in support of the "Biodiversity referendum". By actively supporting such campaigns, you can ultimately get even more people interested in species conservation.

Stop species extinction and promote the diversity of animal and plant species every day!

As you can see, it's actually not that difficult to stop species extinction. All it takes is the will to be informed and to make personal changes. It is important to be aware of the consequences of your own behavior for animal and plant species - and what you can do to improve. Once you have made your everyday life more species-friendly, you can also inspire other people and encourage them to take action. more sustainable lifestyle of our global society.

"Once the bee disappears from the earth, humans will only have four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more humans."

Albert Einstein (more atSpecies protection quotes)

I hope you have been able to take away some tips from this article to do something about species extinction yourself. Do you have any questions or other ideas for species conservation? Then just write me a comment.

Stay sustainable,

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PS: Want to do even more for the animals? Then take a look at my article about the Animal welfare in everyday life on!

₁ Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES, 06.05.2019, p.13.

₂ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): Key facts and findings, available at [01.08.2023].

₃ H. Vesper; WWF Germany: What we need to do to save the oceans (17.04.2018), available at [01.08.2023].

₄ Statista GmbH: Global palm oil consumption in the years 2002/03 to 2022/23 (as of August 2022), available at [01.08.2023].

₅ J. Wille: When the corals die, the coasts die (as at 05.04.2020), available at [01.08.2023].

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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