- Don’t buy bad souvenirs- You’re on vacation and in a souvenir shop, and boy does “that” look nice. It would make a great talking point when you get home. But is it made from the skin, fur, bone, or shell of an endagered species? If it is, and if you buy it, you’re just going to encourage whoever killed it to do it all over again.
- Save our Forests by buying “Good” Wood- Every year 13 million hectacres of natural forest are lost. (equivalent in size to Greece.) Buy wood from a sustainable legal source. One of the main causes of this destruction is illegal logging, which is fed by the high demand for timber and timber products then end up in our shops and our homes. Look for the “Forest Stewartship Council “(FSC) label when purchasing wood, if you don’t see it, ask!
- Buy Sustainable Seafood- At restaurant or at home, all you have to do is choose fish which are sustainable, avoiding endangered like Bluefin Tuna or Northsea cod and prefer seafood labelled with the blue MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) logo. 80% of the world’s biodiversity lives in the sea and there is still much to be discovered. At least 100 million unnamed species live on the ocean floor alone. Yet beneath the ocean’s surface there are constant scenes of absolute and utter destruction It’s a fact that the diversity of marine life is being systematically eroded by over-fishing. Nowadays 75% of the world’s fisheries are fully or over exploited.
To reduce our ecological footprint our actions must address the sources of the biggest impacts we humans have on our planet: energy use and eating.
The first thing is to get an idea of your your own personal Footprint.
Everything we do makes a demand on nature. The food we eat, the clothes we buy, the way we travel, everything.Added together, the demands made by each and every one of us – humanity’s Ecological Footprint – are far too much for our planet. 50% too much, in fact. A good start for lightening your load on our planet is to first understand where your own impacts come from.