Protecting Nature: What Can I Do?

Source: David Suzuki Foundation: Nature Challenge.

The David Suzuki Foundation has researched the 10 most effective ways we can help conserve nature and improve our quality of life.

  1. Reduce home energy use by 10%
  2. Choose an energy-efficient home & appliances
  3. Don’t use pesticides
  4. Eat meat-free meals one day a week
  5. Buy locally grown and produced food
  6. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle
  7. Walk, bike, carpool or take transit
  8. Choose a home close to work or school
  9. Support alternative transportation
  10. Learn more and share with others

The Challenge is to pick at least three steps and sign up by clicking the button below. It’s an easy and effective way to make a difference.

1. Reduce home energy use by 10%: A more energy-efficient home will lower your utility bills and reduce your impact on the environment. Heating accounts for nearly 60 per cent of energy use in the average Canadian home.

2. Choose an energy-efficient home and appliances: R-2000 homes use 30 per cent less energy than standard homes. Modern appliances save more energy than older ones. New refrigerators, for example, use 40 per cent less energy than models made just 10 years ago.

3. Replace dangerous pesticides with alternatives: Small children and pets are especially vulnerable to the dangers of chemicals.

4. Eat meat-free meals one day a week: The production and processing of grains requires far less water and land than does meat.

5. Buy locally grown and produced food: Buying locally reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from food transportation. One study estimates that the average meal travels 2400 km (1500 miles) from the field to your table.

6. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle: A typical SUV uses almost twice the fuel–and releases nearly twice the emissions–of a modern station wagon, although both seat the same number of passengers.   

7. Walk, bike, carpool or take transit: Researchers in California found the air we breathe inside our cars can be up to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.

8. Choose a home close to work or school: A convenient place to live reduces the amount you drive, which means you’ll lower your emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. You’ll also have more time to spend on things you care about.

9. Support car-free alternatives: More alternatives to the car mean less pollution, gridlock and urban sprawl.

10. Learn more and share with family and friends: By working together we can inspire our elected leaders to incorporate environmental conservation into public policy. A healthier environment isn’t possible unless we all get involved.

Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, forests and wild lands, climate change and clean energy, and the web of life – the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that help conserve nature.

David T. Suzuki PhD, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

David has received consistently high acclaim for his thirty years of award-winning work in broadcasting, explaining the complexities of science in a compelling, easily understood way. He is well known to millions as the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s popular science television series, The Nature of Things.

His eight part series, A Planet for the Taking won an award from the United Nations. His eight-part PBS series The Secret of Life was praised internationally, as was his five-part series The Brain for the Discovery Channel. For CBC Radio he founded the long running radio series, Quirks and Quarks and has presented two influential documentary series on the environment, From Naked Ape to Superspecies and It’s a Matter of Survival.

An internationally respected geneticist, David was a full Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He is professor emeritus with UBC’s Sustainable Development Research Institute. From 1969 to 1972 he was the recipient of the prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship Award for the "Outstanding Canadian Research Scientist Under the Age of 35".

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