Biodiversity loss is a key outcome of the climate crisis. Take action in 3 joyful ways.
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
It's time to talk about the elephant in the room (no pun intended)—the biodiversity crisis. This crisis is looming. Scientists predict that more than 1 million species are on track for extinction in the coming decades. 😵 In fact, biodiversity loss is heavily caused by climate change—also a problem caused by us. So, what can do from here?
Here’s what we’ll cover step-by-step:
Warning—this action pack will be quite the emotional rollercoaster. Also, bonus—if you live in a house with kids or pets (same thing amirite), biodiversity is a really easy entry point to caring about climate change.
🎯 Action step 1 of 4: READ — Let's start by looking at a few articles together.
Curious about what biodiversity loss looks like today? This article dives deeper into the extinction crisis.
You'll learn that:
If you feel scared or sad, your feelings are valid. It's scary. It's sad. But the biodiversity crisis not irreversible yet. We have to stop pretending that our temporary conveniences are worth killing 1 million species. We'd rather live without toilet paper than, uh, die on an unlivable planet.
Spoiler alert: we can tackle this together.
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 1 of 4: READ.
🎯 Action step 2 of 4: LISTEN — we'll watch a short video or listen to a podcast to further expand on our topic.
Well, the actual elephant in the room is officially dead.
Take 3 minutes to watch this video featuring Fiesta Warinwa, a leader from the African Wildlife Foundation. The situation in Kenya (and around the African continent and around the world) is pretty dire.
You'll learn that
Don't get too discouraged yet. Remember, we are ALL part of the solution. So, forget those dead elephants (sorry we made you do that). Close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful nature you've ever been in.
Keep em closed...
Now THIS is what we're fighting for. Let's preserve your beautiful landscape together through actions we can all take.
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 2 of 4: LISTEN.
🎯 Action step 3 of 4: ACT — Now it's time to do something. Let's go!
It's time for joy! We did a lot of doom-and-gloom earlier, which we usually stay away from, but we need to get real about the challenge. Now, let's act!
1. Download the iNaturalist app.
The best way to start caring about our plant and animals neighbors are to know their names!! Isn't it weird that many of us don't even know what to call the trees outside our windows? They don't have to be elephants to matter. Download the iNaturalist app, which can help you identify nature in your area. If you're not an app person, just spend some time with a new plant neighbor.
2. Make a sustainable New Years Resolution.
The individual actions that make the most significant difference to climate change are cutting out flights, cars, and meat. If you're in the United States, use Commons, a free app that helps you slash your carbon footprint.
3. Watch a TV show.
Here's your plan to fill the time you're spending with your family: watch Blue Planet. There's 8 episodes, all slightly under an hour, and each will take you on a vibrant exploration of the marine world. The show is beautiful, and also a haunting fight for survival. (Also we won't snitch if you bring mystical plants along with you on your TV watching journey.)
Big sigh of relief for these fun actions, right? Have a good time out in nature and then, behind your TV!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 3 of 4: ACT.
Before we go any further, it's time for you to pledge your commitment. It takes less than 30 seconds to pledge and we can bother you about it in a friendly way, so we can hold each other accountable. Pledge here!
🎯 Action step 4 of 4: REFLECT — what can you commit to? What fresh perspectives can we look at?
Now lets shift to some fun and relaxing art! What does this have to do with the biodiversity crisis? Let us take you on a virtual art walk!
This exhibition, Seedscapes, showcases plant diversity and how we can save plants from extinction. It combines the work of artists, biologists, and ecologists. Our favorite of the five exhibits is Liz Orton's photographs of seeds from a century ago!
It's so inspiring to be in community with people who care about nature in all its forms. No more doom and gloom. Here's to building a brighter, happier world!
🏁 Checkpoint: This is the end of action step 4 of 4: REFLECT.
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