How we live our lives affects wildlife. We turn on a tap and the water that gushes out may have been taken from a marshy place, making it just that little bit drier and less suitable for wading birds.
If we throw away a tin can instead of recycling it, more metal needs to be mined, perhaps eventually destroying a wildlife habitat.
When you switch on a light, the electricity may come from a coal-burning power station, which releases gases into the air that contribute to global warming – the biggest threat faced by wildlife in the future.
We can help wildlife by being more environmentally friendly in the way we live our lives – using fewer resources and less energy.
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We all need to use energy (electricity and gas are the most common) and water, and we use a lot of it in our every day lives. The question is, can we try and use less? Why would this be good you ask? Find out here!
Try not using the car so much. Every time anyone drives a car fuelled with petrol or diesel, it puts greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. And, because we use our cars so much, governments keep building new roads – often through good bits of wildlife habitat. You can be part of the solution by using alternatives to the car wherever possible.
Across the world, more and more wildlife habitat is being destroyed to make things for people, much of which ends up as rubbish in landfill sites or rubbish incinerators. You can help by making sure you find ways of reducing, recycling and re-using the rubbish you throw out. Click here to find out some ideas.
Setting up a compost bin or heap. By doing this you can reduce the amount of rubbish you put out for collection, and also provide a good habitat for wildlife in your garden. Compost heaps attract insects and other invertebrates, which provide food for birds. And if you have an open pile and you’re very lucky, you may get hibernating grass snakes or a hedgehog.
This activity is full of lots of useful tips to make sure you become a green shopper!
Leaving rubbish around can cause all kinds of injuries to wildlife. Small mammals like voles and shrews get trapped and die in empty bottles. Birds get their legs and necks caught in the plastic rings that hold cans together. Foxes cut themselves scavenging from food cans. As well as this, litter looks a mess.